BENEFITING: ALZHEIMERS DRUG DISCOVERY FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: ALZHEIMERS DRUG DISCOVERY FOUNDATION
This past year has proven that dad is no doubt a fighter. 2016 was a tough year for my family in every sense of the word – dad was diagnosed with dementia in January, had a heart attack in July and a stroke in November. It seemed we were spending more time in the ICU, waiting rooms, rehab facilities, nursing homes, etc. than anywhere else. While the heart attack and stroke were huge shocks to all of us, the dementia, without question, has been the most difficult.
Alzheimer’s is an incredibly heartbreaking disease, and as painful as it is to watch it slowly debilitate dad, I can't help but acknowledge how much closer it's brought my family and shed light on the incredible support system we have. God has blessed us with incredible nurses, doctors and caretakers along the way – they’ve patiently answered our never ending questions, accommodated our army of a family & have taught us way more medical terms than I ever thought my little brain would ever need or care to know!
This marathon is for my dad. It's for my family. It's for all those who are suffering from this horrible disease and their loved ones who have to watch them go through it. It's to thank my incredible support system that is my family and friends – my rocks. It’s for all the doctors and researchers working tirelessly to find a cure for this horrible disease.
Alzheimer’s is literally the worst and this is to help get one step closer to a cure. It’s the top 10 cause of death in the U.S. and it has no cure and can’t be prevented. By supporting drug discovery research, our marathon team will help conquer Alzheimer's!
I am so proud to be part of the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation which is an official charity partner for the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon. Donations to our team, Runners for Alzheimer's Research, directly support research into new treatments for this devastating disease. Last year the team raised over $100,000!
Founded in 1998 by co-chairmen Leonard A. and Ronald S. Lauder, the 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.
To learn more about the ADDF, please visit their website.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your support! 26.2 here we come again!