BENEFITING: ALZHEIMERS ASSOCIATION
ORGANIZER: ALZHEIMERS ASSOCIATION
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015
"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain."
On March 9, 2010, my mother Rosemary, lost her life to the horrible disease we call Alzheimer’s. In memory of my mother, and in honor of my father Bob, her round the clock caregiver, I have committed to run the 2015 Boston Marathon with Alzheimer’s Association Team. The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
I have pledged to raise $10,000 for Alzheimer’s research and care, and I write to ask you to please help me reach that goal.
Our mother was uniquely her own - feisty, fiery and funny. Above all our mother was without question the strongest person we have ever met in our lives. She was real through and through and didn’t have much time for what she would call "phony baloneys".
Later in life, our mother's dementia gave us all the opportunity to experience her in yet another way. In these years, she lived the definition of the word courage. Our mother may have forgotten names, dates and meals, yet our mother never forgot how to express compassion for another human being, how to laugh, to love, to forgive, and most importantly how to willfully live each day of her life in the face of constant struggle. In living her life this way, my mother taught us that the essence of being human has less to do with remembering names and dates and so much more to do with living as graceful and joyful a life as possible no matter what obstacles are placed before us. For that we are eternally grateful. Thank you, Mommy - for teaching us to dance in the rain.
Please help me wipe out the stats below by contributing to The Alzheimer’s Association through my Boston Marathon fundraising link. I am forever grateful for your support.
6 - Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the USA; it kills more than breast and prostate cancer combined.
67 - Every 67 second someone in the USA develops the disease.
1-3 – 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia
2/3 – Women are at the epicenter: almost 2/3s of Americans with the disease are women.
Love and gratitude,
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