If you have a brain, you are at risk!
- Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and the 5th leading cause of death for those aged 65 and older.
- Deaths from Alzheimer’s increased 71 percent from 2000 to 2013, while deaths from other major diseases (including heart disease, stroke, breast and prostate cancer, and HIV/AIDS) decreased.
- Alzheimer's kills more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.
- Alzheimer’s is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed.
- Someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s every 67 seconds. In 2050, someone in the United States will develop the disease every 33 seconds.
- Today, 5.3 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including an estimated 200,000 under the age of 65. By 2050, up to 16 million will have the disease.
- Among all people living with Alzheimer’s disease, only about half have ever been diagnosed -- Of those diagnosed, only 33 percent are aware they have it.
- Alzheimer’s takes a devastating toll, not just on those with the disease but also on their caregivers.
My first experience with the disease was living with my best friend and her family in Florida for two years. In lieu of placing her grandmother in a home, they opted to build a special extension on the house and everyone pitched in to take care of her. By the time I moved into the house, she had already been dealing with the disease for many years and was in its advanced stages. During this time, I found out that my father (Vic) had been diagnosed with the disease and was showing marked signs of deterioration. I immediately made plans to move back to NYC to help my stepmother take care of him. I moved into their apt and we took care of him 24hours a day until his death October 2011.
Watching what Alzheimers' did to my father/hero absolutely broke my heart. My experience caring for loved ones with Alzheimers' has made a significant change in my life. I realize the extreme importance of funding research and support programs for survivors/caregivers. At first, I started with short walks and other small scale fundraisers. But I felt that I needed to do more. As a result, I decided I would completely leave my comfort zone and run the NYC Marathon to raise money and awareness for Alzheimers' -- I had never ran before in my life.
In order to earn a bib in time for 2015 -- I started to run and compete in NYRR races in August 2014. I managed to go from winded at 30 sec to running 6+ miles daily and completing nine races (including a half marathon) in just 4 months. I am excited to finally embark on my goal to fundraise and run the NYC Marathon with the Alzheimers' Association Athletes Team.
You can follow along with my training runs/races and cheer me on -- I will be posting my progress on my twitter and Facebook accounts with the following hastags: #Quick4Vic #EndAlzheimers #TCSNYMarathon2015.
Join me in supporting the Alzheimer's Association and raising necessary funds to protect our future. Your tax-deductible donation helps support vital research and essential support programs and services.
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