BENEFITING: ALZHEIMERS ASSOCIATION
ORGANIZER: ALZHEIMERS ASSOCIATION
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015
I am happy, honored, and thrilled to be a volunteer runner at the 119th Boston Marathon on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Association (Run Tri Ride to End Alzheimer's) in memory of my father-in-law, Donald J. Driscoll.
Like many mentors in our lives, Donald was one of those special individuals who stood out as having a great impact on my life’s direction and success. For over 25 years, Donald provided guidance, support, and frank advice that helped me to navigate life’s challenges and triumphs.
Unfortunately in his later years, he suffered from many health-related issues including Alzheimer’s disease that robbed him of his beautiful and brilliant mind in his last years with us. Confined to a bed at home, with 24/7 nursing and C.N.A. care, he would lay with his eyes closed most of the day. My wife Deirdre would often ask him, “What is going on in that world of yours behind those closed eyes?” Don could only respond in a one word sentence.
On October 26, 2014, while running the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington DC and what was supposed to be a joyous day, my wife received the call that “Dad” had passed. Of his many ailments, the most debilitating and confining was Alzheimer’s disease. We knew this day would be here sometime, but very upsetting all the same. I knew in those final weeks that I wanted to make my run in Boston more meaningful. Having secured my official entry/bib number to the 2015 Boston Marathon, I contacted the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association team running Boston (Run Tri Ride to End Alzheimer's) and volunteered to run and fundraise for them to help beat this disease.
Please help me and the Alzheimer's Association reach our fundraising goals to defeat this degenerative and debilitating disease by donating to my fundraiser.
Thank you for your help and support.