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

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Seven weeks to go!!
September 18, 2017

With just 7 weeks to go until the big day the Sunday long runs are getting serious!! Yesterday was my first proper long run in a few weeks as  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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To This Fundraiser

$2,840

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

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Ethna McGourty

    $1,000

  • Mum and Dad

    $600

  • Kevin J. Sullivan

    $25

  • Jose Murphy

    $30

  • Niamh Ashworth

    $25

  • Helen McG

    $100

  • Ray, Heather, Cian and Charlotte Walls

    $500

  • Sarah mckay

    $25

  • Aingeal

     

  • Maureen Boyle

    $25

  • Clare McGourty

    $100

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95% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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The Team: $54,843 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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sarah abell

Amount Raised

$7,605

 

254% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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Sarah Murphy-Gamble

Amount Raised

$3,833

 

77% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Matt Pearce

Amount Raised

$3,600

 

120% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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Maryalice Gill

Amount Raised

$3,538

 

118% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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Amy Vence

Amount Raised

$3,275

 

109% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Claire Canty

Amount Raised

$2,915

 

97% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Sam Rader

Amount Raised

$2,875

 

96% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kathryn Walls

Amount Raised

$2,840

 

95% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Clare McGourty

Clare McGourty

DONATION: $100

2 days ago

Maureen Boyle

Maureen Boyle

DONATION: $25

5 days ago

Aingeal

Aingeal

6 days ago

Sarah mckay

Sarah mckay

DONATION: $25

6 days ago

Ray, Heather, Cian and Charlotte Walls

Ray, Heather, Cian and Charlotte Walls

DONATION: $500

6 days ago

Helen McG

Helen McG

DONATION: $100

Good luck Kathryn! Xx 6 days ago

Niamh Ashworth

Niamh Ashworth

DONATION: $25

Good luck Kathryn. Such a good cause and much love to Mary X 6 days ago

Jose Murphy

Jose Murphy

DONATION: $30

Well done Kathryn 6 days ago

Kevin J. Sullivan

Kevin J. Sullivan

DONATION: $25

6 days ago

Mum and Dad

Mum and Dad

DONATION: $600

Good luck!! 2 weeks ago