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James Bruce's Fundraiser:

Alzheimer's Association Boston 2015

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BENEFITING: ALZHEIMERS ASSOCIATION

ORGANIZER: ALZHEIMERS ASSOCIATION

EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015

James Bruce

THE STORY:

I am so honored and so excited to have been chosen to represent the Alzheimer's Association at the 2015 Boston Marathon on April 20th.  I am helping to raise awareness and money to help support individuals and their families that have been stricken by this disease and to support the research that will lead to finding the cause and cure to end it.

Alzheimer's has been hitting very close to home over the past several years.  As most of you know, I am an investment and estate planner and frequently work with older clients.  I have personally witnessed dozens of my clients become victims of this terrible disease and have seen the effects it has had on them as well as their loved ones.

As if having clients become victims of Alzheimer's wasn't bad enough, I was hit head on with this disease when my father, Jim Bruce, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.  It's now been about two years and at first it wasn't very noticeable, especially for me, since my parents live in Indiana and I live in Arizona with my wife and children, almost 2000 miles away.  The reality of it set in and hit me like a ton of bricks this past September when I went back home to Indiana to visit.  I arrived at their house (my childhood home) late in the evening.  Once in the house and settled in, my dad walks into the room, he and I make a little small talk and then he just sort of looked me up and down and asks who I am and why am I there.  I haven't cried very much (in my adult life anyway) but that question coming from him almost caused me to lose it right then and there.  Luckily, after about ten minutes or so of chatting, and for the rest of that five day visit, he knew who I was and we spent a lot of time together. He continues to worsen and I just pray that he will know who I am the next time I see him but even more, I hope he doesn't forget my mom and his grandchildren, I think that would be even more heartbreaking.

I hope I can do him the honor of proudly representing him in this fundraising campaign.  I do know that he'd be proud of me but also know that he'd not want me to make a big fuss over him either....that's just dad!

I’m hopeful a cure can be found before it’s too late, if not for him, for the others that are diagnosed on a daily basis (actually 1 individual is diagnosed in the US every 67 seconds).

I will run every mile of my training, in addition to the race, thinking about him and I hope you will do me the honor of thinking of him or someone you may know who is suffering from this disease and donate to this cause.

Please help me achieve my goal of raising money to help support the efforts of the medical and research communities to find a cure for Alzheimer's and then, we can all forget about IT! 

So whether its $10, $100 or $1,000, I will appreciate anything that you feel you can donate.

Thank you and God Bless!

$10,870

MONEY RAISED
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  • Curtis Family

    $200

  • Barbara Bailey

    $100

  • Evelyn Raymond

    $100

  • Jeff Smith

    $50

  • Kathleen Johnson

    $40

  • Shaylin & Aubrey Ligon

    $50

  • JC Helton

    $50

  • Lisa Keller

    $40

  • Tom Lundgaard

    $100

  • Cliff, Julie and Ashlee Maupin

    $20

  • Hillbrand, Inc./Batesville Casket Company

    $100

  • Michael Choi

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Sylvia Strazz

    $50

  • Imre & Susan Kertesz

    $130

  • B. Joan Jones

    $100

  • Holly Noel

    $50

  • The Browns, Cave Creek AZ

    $40

  • The Voss Family

    $40

  • Jeff & Lori Lewis & family

    $100

  • Cindy Blair

    $20

  • Snyder family

    $25

  • Margie Holt Minger

    $100

  • Paul & Gail

    $25

  • Kevin Bruce

    $100

  • Daryll Colton

    $50

  • Shandra

    $25

  • Chris Fiedler

     

  • Kara M Nicholls PLLC

    $50

  • Art

    $25

  • Bryan's BBQ

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • The Bratcher Bunch and CAPPT

    $100

  • Mike & Sheri Hicks

    $50

  • Jason Miller

    $25

  • Julie Prendergast

    $25

  • Kay & Bob Sperduti

    $25

  • Sandy Cercone

     

  • Craft Family

    $100

  • anonymous

    $100

  • Hayley Ellis

    $40

  • K Taylor

     

  • Jerri and Bob Parness

    $50

  • Mark & Evea Warkentin

    $100

  • want the hair gone

     

  • LMM

    $50

  • The Freunds

    $50

  • Gretchen,Maddie, and Jackson McAndrews

    $25

  • Glen Nesbitt & Becky Bruns

    $50

  • Christine Miller

    $25

  • Eddie & Cathy Espey

    $100

  • Chad Wilkins

    $20

  • Thompson Family

     

  • John & Amy Gibbs

    $100

  • Laurie MacDonald

    $50

  • Barbie Smith

    $25

  • Linda Meyer

    $30

  • The Solbergs

    $50

  • Matt & Hollie Ambrose & family

    $50

  • The Pearsons

     

  • Ali McIlroy & Ava Gordon

    $50

  • Nancy Doyle

    $50

  • Linda Lipps

    $25

  • Spencer & RoseMary Ciammitti

    $25

  • Amy (John) Smith

    $20

  • Ed and Thelma

    $30

  • Andy & Jenn Hampton

    $15

  • The Fenicles

    $50

  • Stephanie & Todd M.

    $50

  • Richard Meyers

    $50

  • Daryll McKenzie

    $50

  • Ericca Johns

    $30

  • The Coleman Family

     

  • Tristan, Tanner and Ella Bruce

    $100

  • Shane & Chris Clift

    $50

  • Rick & Linnea Nowell

    $50

  • Torreys fear the beard

    $25

  • Emily St. Clair

    $50

  • Wendy Macfarland

    $25

  • Carole Merkel

    $25

  • Dara Stutler

    $100

  • Christy Pine

    $48

  • Jim Bondurant

    $25

  • Nick Skaggs

    $25

  • Marissa Calleo

    $15

  • Anonymous

    $35

  • Laurie MacDonald

    $50

  • Brian Gordon

    $50

  • The Murphy's

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Brian Stanley

     

  • Wikas Family

    $50

  • The Helton Family

     

  • Bryan and Amanda Rains

    $50

  • Tracy Schwipps Family

     

  • Mark & Kimberly Grace

    $100

  • Albert & Barbara Keller

    $50

  • Erik Svans

    $50

  • Brian & Mary Whitmer

    $100

  • Janice Guido

    $50

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109% Raised of $10,000 Goal

The Team: $364,796 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Des Mac Intyre

Amount Raised

$34,477

Fundraiser Title

Jeff Peller

Amount Raised

$24,113

Fundraiser Title

Antonia Perry

Amount Raised

$19,317

 

129% Raised of $15,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jane Lizotte

Amount Raised

$18,558

Fundraiser Title

Chrissy Horan

Amount Raised

$18,007

 

180% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kristin Emond

Amount Raised

$17,348

Fundraiser Title

Donna Lajoie

Amount Raised

$17,120

 

114% Raised of $15,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Daniel Capodicci

Amount Raised

$15,206

 

127% Raised of $12,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Janice Guido

Janice Guido

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Brian & Mary Whitmer

Brian & Mary Whitmer

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Erik Svans

Erik Svans

DONATION: $50

congrats buddy! glad to help with the cause and to see that the beard is finally gone! Hooray for Molly! 2 years ago

Albert & Barbara Keller

Albert & Barbara Keller

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Mark & Kimberly Grace

Mark & Kimberly Grace

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Tracy Schwipps Family

Tracy Schwipps Family

truly inspirational 2 years ago

Bryan and Amanda Rains

Bryan and Amanda Rains

DONATION: $50

Good luck James! This is a great cause. 2 years ago

The Helton Family

The Helton Family

In honor of you and your family 2 years ago

Wikas Family

Wikas Family

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Brian Stanley

Brian Stanley

"The Dead Ends Never Quit. Run Like The Wind Brother." 2 years ago