BENEFITING: Alzheimer's Association
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
Shortly after losing our mother in 2010, we began to notice a change with her mother, my grandmother. She became more distant, less communicative, and as the situation progressed, doctors began telling my grandfather that she was showing signs of dimentia/alzheimer's. Quickly her symptoms progressed, and now, for almost two years, she has been in a facility under 24 hour care in the dimentia/alzheimer's wing of an assisted living facility. It has been difficult on our family, and espcially so for my grandfather. About eight months ago, he said to me, 'I wish more was being done to raise awareness and money for research for her condition.' He went on to say, 'I know that there may not be much that can be done for her, but I don't want to see more people go through this.'
This is when I began my quest to earn a bib for the 2017 Boston Marathon. Through the help of a client, who lost his spouse a few years back to alzheimer's disease, I was able to partner with the Alzheimer's Association and was one of 20 people selected out of over 80 applicants to answer the call to fundraise as I train for what will be my fourth marathon and first ever Boston.
Those who know me know that I began running 2.5 years ago and since have complete three full and three half marathons. I have wanted to run Boston since I moved here and learned more about the history and significance of this race. That dream has become a reality and now, with your help, I will be able to raise money for a great and personally meaningful cause while training to accomplish my biggest personal goal.
I know many people who have been affected by this disease and the organization I have partnered with is doing amazing things to help raise awareness and further research that will hopefully one day find a cure.
Last year, this team raised over $500,000 and they plan to do even better this year. I have set a personal fundraising goal of $15,000 and hope that the work we do will make a difference not only for my family but for all those currently affected and those who may deal with this in the future.
Thank you for your time and consideration.