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Kathryn Walls' Fundraiser:

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

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I did it!!!!
November 06, 2017

Months of training paid off and yesterday's marathon went better than I'd hoped for! Up at 4.30 to make the epic journey out to Staten Island  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.

$5,340

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

  • David Hanna

    $25

  • Andrea McCormick

    $25

  • Liz & Aidan

    $100

  • Sarah McGourty

     

  • Claire & Sharon xxx

    $25

  • Heather Sharpe

    $25

  • Jennifer hamilton

    $10

  • Emma L

    $25

  • Barbara McCann

    $25

  • Geraldine, Losarina and Niamh

    $100

  • Emma Hunt

    $25

  • Carl Whyte

    $50

  • CG

    $100

  • AMcA

    $25

  • Claire Boswell

    $10

  • Gillian Killiner

    $20

  • Rachel Agnew

    $25

  • David Mccready

     

  • MMcB

    $25

  • Maeve Fisher

    $25

  • Emma Graham

    $25

  • Judith McKay

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Jennie Cross

    $25

  • Michael McGourty

    $130

  • JP McGourty

    $65

  • Brendan McGourty

    $250

  • sanni-maria mcgourty

    $25

  • Tony McGourty

    $100

  • Laura mcgrellis

    $25

  • Carol Wheeler

    $50

  • Ciara Lagan

     

  • Claire Robinson

    $15

  • Gerard Walls

     

  • Damian,Julie,Felix & Zara

    $50

  • Fiona McFall

    $50

  • Fiona Patterson

    $25

  • Sinead Tully

    $50

  • Michael Rice

    $50

  • Gerard McGourty/FjMcGourty

    $300

  • Rose/Paula/Viv

    $100

  • The Deasy Family xx

    $100

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178% Raised of $3,000 Goal

The Team: $100,029 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

sarah abell

Amount Raised

$12,680

 

423% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Maryalice Gill

Amount Raised

$5,705

 

190% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kathryn Walls

Amount Raised

$5,340

 

178% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Molly McEwan

Amount Raised

$5,231

 

105% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Sarah Murphy-Gamble

Amount Raised

$5,185

 

104% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Sam Rader

Amount Raised

$5,001

 

167% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Claire Canty

Amount Raised

$4,790

 

160% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Mia Gabrieli

Amount Raised

$4,000

 

133% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Donor Comments

The Deasy Family xx

The Deasy Family xx

DONATION: $100

3 months ago

Rose/Paula/Viv

Rose/Paula/Viv

DONATION: $100

3 months ago

Gerard McGourty/FjMcGourty

Gerard McGourty/FjMcGourty

DONATION: $300

3 months ago

Michael Rice

Michael Rice

DONATION: $50

Well done you and love to your Mum Kathryn! 3 months ago

Sinead Tully

Sinead Tully

DONATION: $50

For Mary, for the Walls family, and your hard work and amazing achievement Kathryn 4 months ago

Fiona Patterson

Fiona Patterson

DONATION: $25

Congratulations on a great run Kathryn! You have made your Mum proud! 4 months ago

Fiona McFall

Fiona McFall

DONATION: $50

So proud of you Kathryn. Amazing running and for such a great charity. Keep motivating, inspiring others and running. 🏃🏼‍♀️👏 4 months ago

Damian,Julie,Felix & Zara

Damian,Julie,Felix & Zara

DONATION: $50

Well done! 4 months ago

Gerard Walls

Gerard Walls

4 months ago

Claire Robinson

Claire Robinson

DONATION: $15

4 months ago