Celeste Owen-Jones wrote -
As some of you may know, I decided to run Montevideo's Half Marathon 2 weeks ago, and the race is on… Sunday.
It was mainly a personal challenge, after a very self-indulgent summer holiday, to see if I could get fit in such a short period of time. And maybe also because there's not much else to do in Montevideo.
Because all of this was so last minute, I haven't had the time to create a fundraising page like I did the last time I ran one a few years ago. But if this half marathon challenge says anything at all, it's that it's never too late.
So if you can take 5 minutes of your precious time to give any amount of money you want to the Alzheimer's Association, I would be deeply grateful. It's a cause that concerns us all - we all have someone in our family or in a friend's family who got Alzheimer's disease, and as time will pass by, we will unfortunately only know more.
Alzheimer's is a disease I know well for having reported on its early-onset form - affecting people under 65- during half a year while I was still at Journalism School (http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-18067401). I've seen with my own eyes what it does to the people who have it, but also, and maybe even more so, to their caregivers. They were the most selfless people I have ever met, devoting all their time and life savings to that person they loved so dearly, but who no longer remembered them.
The Alzheimer’s Association was a fantastic source of support for these families I met who, from one day to the next, had their world turned upside down and faced hardships that put my half marathon challenge to shame.
And because the number of patients with Alzheimer’s keeps on increasing, so does the need for money to fund research, care and support.
Thank you so much and I send you all my love from my little country.