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Alzheimers Association Boston 2017

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"Go fast enough to get there, but slow enough to see."
April 16, 2017

It has been 180 days since I was accepted to be on the Run to End Alzheimer's 2017 Boston Marathon team. 77 days ago I sprained my calf which  See more
Chris Sergi

THE STORY:

 

“The journey is the reward”

I am passionate about raising money for the Alzheimer’s Association, as I am running on behalf of my grandmother, Aba (short for Abuela, which means grandmother in Spanish) who is currently battling the disease. I am 26 years old and sadly my memories of my grandmother have been stripped from me as she began to show signs of the disease when I was 14.

I have seen first hand how this disease affects the families battling through it. My grandfather and grandmother have been together since they first met living in a small town outside of Havana, Cuba. They immigrated to the United States where they raised 4 kids, including my mother, and their lives represent the definition of the American dream.

My grandparents have been married for 55 years now and it pains me to see my grandmother being handcuffed by this disease. She now has two caretakers who watch her 24/7 and has to sleep in a separate bed with them, rather than with my grandfather. As a result, my grandparents are no longer able to experience the latter years of their lives together.

It has also impacted me personally. It’s sad to admit, but my memories of her have been overshadowed by this new norm. She rarely knows who I am when I visit, has trouble staying awake, and can’t talk or have a conversation with me. However, I do love looking through the hundreds of photo albums she had previously put together to see if anything will spark a memory.

Those that are lucky enough to know Aba for the person she truly is, not what this disease has made her, will agree with me in saying it's hard to not have a smile on your face when thinking about her. She is fun-spirited, loving, and strikingly beautiful - you could have mistaken her for a movie star based on the way she carried herself! With her beauty came a natural curiosity to see the world, travel, and share in those experiences with her family.

I was fortunate enough to see her adventurous side while having some of the most unbelievable memories from my early childhood like an African Safari (including a hot air balloon ride over the great migration) and swimming with penguins at the Galapagos Islands.

I wish I could add more to our experiences together as I approach new phases in my own life. I wish my younger cousins could know her the way my siblings and I do. I wish my grandfather could have his partner in crime by his side. The list is endless and there are too many family and friends affected to name here. There is one wish we all have in common: End Alzheimer's.

Running 26.2 miles, especially the Boston Marathon, will certainly be a challenge, both mentally and physically, however, nothing compared to the challenge Aba and my family (especially my grandfather) has and will continue to face.

This will be a journey; however, the reward will be well worth it. Please consider donating to support #RunForAba

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The Alzheimer's Association MA/NH Chapter is proud to announce that members of our "Run to End Alzheimer's - Boston 2017" team are running in the 121st Boston Marathon® on April 17, 2017. The Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world's most prestigious road racing events. 

Alzheimer's disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, and affects millions of people daily. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's. Currently, there is no cure. The first survivor of Alzheimer's is out there, but we won't get there without you.

In 2016 the RUN TRI RIDE to End Alzheimer's raised over $1.2 million to support programs and services for those impacted by the disease. The 2017 Boston Marathon team is determined to continue this tradition of success, as we celebrate our 16th year!

$51,218

MONEY RAISED
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  • Vivian Cottrill

     

  • Ryan Tracy

     

  • Ana Gutierrez

     

  • Randall Horn

     

  • Lauren and Rakesh

    $50

  • Uncle John and Aunt Cindi

    $100

  • Andrew Marr

    $20

  • Mercedes and Donald Gaiter

    $250

  • Patrick Meehan

    $100

  • Gretchen Borges

    $100

  • Jay & Laurel Mullen

    $100

  • Taylor and Sam

    $40

  • Tommy and Alex Vaughn

    $25

  • Rachel Gould

    $25

  • The Meehan Family

    $100

  • Matt + Sara

    $60

  • Chris Sergi

     

  • The Regueras

     

  • Mg

    $50

  • Meg Riley

    $50

  • Kate & Greg Saunders

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • John and Rosemarie Vitiello

    $100

  • Jan feldman

     

  • James Brasco

    $250

  • Shannon Riley

    $25

  • PodZilla

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25,000

  • CrowdRise Donation

    $50

  • Paul

    $250

  • Chris Sergi

    $50

  • Alberto and Julie Gutierrez

    $500

  • Jon Grimm

    $100

  • Joyce Swanson Keller

     

  • Kristin Hebert & Chris Zura

     

  • Judy & Jim

    $100

  • Evangelos Koutroukas

    $100

  • William Backman

    $100

  • Eric Katz, Benjamin Finnegan, & Jay Finnegan

    $250

  • Donald and Kay Wiggin

    $500

  • Dennis Bailey

    $1,000

  • David Cherny, Cate Blake and all of those at Atwood & Cherny, P.C.

    $100

  • Donald J. and Carol A. Jones

    $100

  • G. Trudy Riley

    $100

  • Robert W. Murray

    $100

  • Pat Alibrandi

    $150

  • Doug and Tracy Grattan

    $100

  • Susan ODonnell

    $100

  • William Backman

    $100

  • Bunny Parker

    $50

  • Mr. & Mrs. George Place

    $35

  • Joseph E. Schindler Insurance Agency, Inc.

    $500

  • Walter & Shuffain, P.C.

    $250

  • Middle Hill Development, LLC

    $250

  • Michael and Susan Iodice

    $200

  • Charles & Nancy Mangos

    $100

  • John Cataldo

    $1,000

  • Jani-Solutions LLC

    $500

  • Ronald and Deborah Fauth

    $150

  • Terri Lowell

    $25

  • Julia Twigg

    $100

  • Miriam Palmerola

    $15

  • Annie Goodrich

     

  • Candice Gutierrez

    $100

  • Margaret Gibbons

    $100

  • Grattan Line Construction Corp

    $1,000

  • Charles and Renate Wiggin

    $200

  • Linda and Arthur Gelb

    $25

  • Lauren Quesada

    $100

  • Nate Mooney

    $100

  • The Hoffman Family

     

  • Conor Brophy

    $100

  • Mary Dimouro & Ryan

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Veronica Veras

    $100

  • Jeanne Guerin

    $60

  • Colliers International

    $100

  • Marcia Grattan

    $100

  • Anselmo Tabit

    $100

  • Jessica Mayerjak

    $200

  • Glo and Glo

    $2,000

  • Margret Oswald

     

  • Alzheimer's Fundraising Event @ CopperSmith's

    $2,200

  • Kate Pello

    $100

  • Collin Y

     

  • carly

    $50

  • Alex and dinah

    $100

  • Jessica Gottlieb

    $65

  • 21 Pond View Realty

    $50

  • Cruz y Lidia

    $100

  • George A Jedlin

    $250

  • Amy Siwik

     

  • Willie O'Laughlin

    $10

  • Kristin and Carol

     

  • Amanda Crowe

     

  • feldman family

     

  • Mimi and Jeff Turner

    $150

  • Beebs

    $20

  • Jorge and Carolyn Gutierrez

    $100

  • Jeanne Guerin

    $50

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93% Raised of $55,000 Goal

The Team: $418,370 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Oliver Carr

Amount Raised

$62,791

 

209% Raised of $30,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Chris Sergi

Amount Raised

$51,218

 

93% Raised of $55,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Brady Flanagan

Amount Raised

$31,015

 

103% Raised of $30,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

James Canzano

Amount Raised

$26,201

 

308% Raised of $8,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jeff Peller

Amount Raised

$21,991

 

110% Raised of $20,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Donna Lajoie

Amount Raised

$21,038

 

105% Raised of $20,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Lauren Chin

Amount Raised

$17,247

 

115% Raised of $15,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Abigail Alegi

Amount Raised

$13,220

 

132% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Jeanne Guerin

Jeanne Guerin

DONATION: $50

Congratulations on your incredible accomplishments in memory of your dear grandmother Christopher! 10 months ago

Jorge and Carolyn Gutierrez

Jorge and Carolyn Gutierrez

DONATION: $100

Remembering Vivian. She would be so proud of you, as are we. 10 months ago

Beebs

Beebs

DONATION: $20

See you at the finish line! 10 months ago

Mimi and Jeff Turner

Mimi and Jeff Turner

DONATION: $150

In memory of Vivian Gutierrez 10 months ago

feldman family

feldman family

In Memory of your grandmother who we LOVED !!! 10 months ago

Amanda Crowe

Amanda Crowe

In memory of Roland Senecal 10 months ago

Kristin and Carol

Kristin and Carol

Good luck Christopher â 10 months ago

Willie O'Laughlin

Willie O'Laughlin

DONATION: $10

10 months ago

Amy Siwik

Amy Siwik

Good luck Chris! You're going to do great!! 10 months ago

George A Jedlin

George A Jedlin

DONATION: $250

11 months ago