BENEFITING: TRUSTEES OF DARTMOUTH COLLEGE
EVENT DATE: Jun 03, 2012
I'm running in two long distance events this summer as a member of TeamAlzheimers, a local running group that raises money for Alzheimer's and dementia organizations in the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire. Specifically, I'll be donating to the Memory Cafe at the Dartmouth Aging Resource Center.
First, on June 3, 2012 I'm re-running the Covered Bridges Half Marathon through Woodstock and Quechee, Vermont (www.cbhm.com). A little more than a month later, I'll be on Mt. Snow dragging myself through the grueling 10-12 mile Tough Mudder obstacle course (www.toughmudder.com).
TeamAlzheimers focuses on an issue that hits very close to home for both me and my fiancee Emily. Within the past year, my grandpa Arthur and his girlfriend Eadie were diagnosed with dementia, requiring them to give up their lives of independence and move into assisted living. Emily's grandmother Mary also has dementia and has required around the clock care for over 5 years. We both understand the toll it takes on families as they try to keep their loved ones as comfortable and happy as possible while dealing with this scary, confusing, and debilatating disease.
I am raising money for Memory Cafe to support their efforts in advocating for those suffering from Alzheimer's, assisting those caring for loved ones with the disease, and funding research to end it. Please support me and my cause by donating - no amount is insignificant!
About Dartmouth Aging Resource Center and Memory Cafe:
Memory Cafe is a monthly gathering for people with Alzheimer's disease and their family members. We meet on the last Saturday of the month, from 10-12, at the Dartmouth Aging Resource Center in Lebanon. Sisters from Dartmouth's Alpha Xi Delta sorority are on hand to make and serve a delicious hot breakfast, and to interact with our attendees.
The goals of Memory Cafe are to encourage peer interactions among persons with dementia and their caregivers; to offer a positive and enjoyable group socialization experience; to convey information about Alzheimer's disease and related disorders, and to provide an opportunity for interaction with dementia specialists and other staff in an informal and stress-free atmosphere. Through these efforts, and others, we work to decrease the stigma that exists about the illness. memorymemos.blogspot.com/
Long time runner and CBHM veteran Jane Lemire has been involved in fundraising in the Upper Valley since 2003. Jane and her Team of runners pioneered TeamAlzheimers for CBHM in 2004 by turning 15 race entries into $7,000 in donations. Since then, TeamAlzheimers has raised over $100,000. All funds are donated to several Upper Valley private non-profit senior organizations that specialize in the care and/or services for people with dementia. TeamAlzheimers is a totally volunteer organization that donates 100% of its proceeds back into the community. www.teamalzheimers.org