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Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation 2017 TCS New York City Marathon

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4 weeks down, 12 to go!
August 14, 2017

Training is going well so far - although work has done its best to interfere with my training schedule!! Steadily increasing my long run distance  See more
Kathryn Walls

THE STORY:

My wonderful mum has recently been diagnosed with a very rare neuro degenerative disease called Primary Progressive Aphasis (PPA). It's an illness that affects her language function which includes speaking, reading and writing. PPA is caused by degeneration in the parts of the brain that are responsible for speech and language. PPA begins very gradually and initially is experienced as difficulty thinking of common words while speaking or writing. PPA progressively worsens to the point where verbal communication by any means is very difficult. This is incredibly frustrating for mum as you can imagine.

Thankfully, the condition is not currently affecting moment mum's memory, reasoning and visual perception and she is able to function normally in many routine daily living activities despite the aphasia.

Mum's condition is relatively 'new' and there are separate classifications of the illness still being identified. There is therefore very little treatment for PPA beyond prescribing medication more usually used for Alzheimer's and other similar conditions. Given that Alzheimer's treatments themselves have only limited effectiveness for that condition, they are even less effective for PPA.

I want to contribute to research into PPA treatment and have signed up to run the New York Marathon in November and am raising money for a US charity called Alzheimers Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF). ADDF funds research into drug treatment for a range of conditions including PPA. They fund research over the world and fund a range of projects in the UK and Ireland.

I will spend a total of 20 weeks training for the marathon, and by the end will be running almost 50 miles per week. This is a massive commitment, and I want to raise as much money as I can to help find treatment for this terrible illness. My target is $3,000 although the more I can raise the better!

It would be very much appreciated if you could support me in this endeavour and sponsor me using the link below which passes all sponsorship money directly to ADDF.

Even £1 per mile (I will run 26.2 on the day) would be fantastic!

I am paying for my own flights and accommodation so none of your money comes to me.

ADDF provides funding to leading scientists who are conducting the most promising, innovative Alzheimer’s drug research worldwide. The mission of the ADDF is to rapidly accelerate the discovery of drugs to prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer's disease and other related illnesses like PPA. Donations to the ADDF New York marathon team, Runners for Alzheimer's Research, directly support research into new treatments for this devastating disease. By supporting drug discovery research, the ADDF marathon team will help conquer Alzheimer's and PPA! To learn more about the ADDF, please visit their website.

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$335

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Maeve McGourty :)

    $25

  • Lisa and Niall Crawford

    $50

  • Adrian & Viv

    $25

  • The Finnieston Family

    $50

  • Geraldine O'Callaghan

    $25

  • Caroline McGreevy

    $25

  • Michael McGreevy

    $25

  • Claire Boswell

     

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11% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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The Team: $33,657 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Matt Pearce

Amount Raised

$3,600

 

120% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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Sarah Murphy-Gamble

Amount Raised

$3,508

 

70% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Maryalice Gill

Amount Raised

$3,363

 

112% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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Jeanette Arahood

Amount Raised

$2,624

 

87% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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Matthew Bermingham

Amount Raised

$2,385

 

80% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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Amy Vence

Amount Raised

$2,250

 

75% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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David Noble

Amount Raised

$2,211

 

74% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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Joel Kennedy

Amount Raised

$2,201

 

44% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Claire Boswell

Claire Boswell

4 days ago

Michael McGreevy

Michael McGreevy

DONATION: $25

Taught all my children lovely and dedicated lady 6 days ago

Caroline McGreevy

Caroline McGreevy

DONATION: $25

Mary taught all my children a wonderful teacher totally dedicated. She must be devastated with this condition 6 days ago

Geraldine O'Callaghan

Geraldine O'Callaghan

DONATION: $25

6 days ago

The Finnieston Family

The Finnieston Family

DONATION: $50

Amazing cause - good luck Kathryn 6 days ago

Adrian & Viv

Adrian & Viv

DONATION: $25

So jealous.. like nothing I've ever witnessed or will again. Only 2 million spectators so no pressure ð??? 7 days ago

Lisa and Niall Crawford

Lisa and Niall Crawford

DONATION: $50

Fantastic cause Kathryn.. with you the whole way!! You will be fab!!!x 2 months ago

Maeve McGourty :)

Maeve McGourty :)

DONATION: $25

Good luck Kathryn!!! Xox 2 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

2 months ago