BENEFITING: ALZHEIMERS ASSOCIATION
ORGANIZER: ALZHEIMERS ASSOCIATION
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015
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!