This November 6th I will be running my first New York City Maratthon o raise awareness and support for Alzheimer’s research in memory of my Grandmother, Carol Bolger.
After combating Alzheimer's for years, Grandma Bolger passed away on January 18, 2015. Grandma's grace and compassion were only matched by her sense of humor and fortitude, and it was this character that allowed her to live with dignity with Alzheimer's for years. Witnessing the progressive effects of such an undiscriminating and debilitating disease impressed on me the need to raise awareness of Alzheimer's and find resources for the research needed to cure it. Consequently, 2016 marks not only the one-year anniversary of her passing, but also my first marathon in her memory. I would like my training to mirror her strength of character and resilience, and my eventual run to demonstrate my commitment to Alzheimer's research, resources and treatment.
I will be running with the team, Athletes to End Alzheimer’s, through CaringKind. CaringKind is New York City's leading expert on Alzheimer's and dementia caregiving.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and 1 in 3 seniors die with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. In addition, in 2015, more than 15 million caregivers provided an estimated 18.1 billion hours of unpaid care. The Alzheimer's Association (and its CaringKind chapter) is a very special cause to my family and me, as well as millions of caregiving and suffering individuals across the country and worldwide.
If you would like to support me in my journey of training (and my run on Nov. 6th) towards fighting this disease, or if you share an interest in combating Alzheimer’s, please consider donating to my page. Any and all contributions are appreciated and tax deductible. All proceeds will go towards CaringKind, the Heart of Alzheimer’s Caregiving.
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