BENEFITING: Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration
EVENT DATE: May 18, 2014
I'm planning to run my first half marathon in May to raise funds and awareness for a brain disease called Frontotemporal Dementia or FTD. About 6 years ago, my mom was diagnosed with FTD. If you know my mom, you know and love her for her outgoing, generous, determined character. I am determined to run this race for her and help raise awareness for her disease.
Although there are currently no treatments or cure for FTD, research efforts and awareness of the disease are expanding. The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) is at the center of promoting research into FTD and driving it forward. Although running this race will not change the fact that my mother has FTD, I hope it will bring awareness to and help raise funds for the organization aimed at beating this disease.
I am forever grateful to all of you for your support and love through this endeavor.
Donating is easy. Simply click on the "Donate" button on the right side of this page. The AFTD is a non-profit 501(c)(3), and all donations are tax deductible.
What is FTD?
Frontotemporal degeneration (FTD) is a disease process that affects the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. It causes a group of brain disorders that are characterized by changes in behavior and personality, language and/or motor skills and an inevitable deterioration in a person’s ability to function. FTD is often diagnosed in the mid- to late-50s, when a person is actively parenting and nearing the height of his or her career.