EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2011
Mr. Jimmy Moore began running when he was 57. When I befriended him on Pearl Street in Crystal Springs, Mississippi he was 72 and going strong. He inspired me to run my first marathon and coached me through it. When he turned 80, I had the privilege to film his 80th birthday celebration -- an 80K run/walk/bike that inspired a whole community in Mississippi to come out and "run their age." Mr. Jimmy reflected that his running helps him "prepare for death, for leaving this world, because you realize you can enjoy life right up to the end."
At that time, I asked him on film, "What will you do for your 90th?" He laughed and responded, "I'll figure out something!" This year he turned 90. In the intervening decade he has beaten cancer, returned to running and continues to enjoy great physical health. But in recent years his memory and cognitive function have declined from Alzheimers. It is very hard to see a man who has earned -- and been blessed, as he would say -- with such good health not be able to enjoy the equal health of his mind "right up to the end."
I am running the New York City Marathon 2011 in Mr. Jimmy's footsteps. I hope you will join me in making a contribution of any size to Alzheimers research and care, in the hopes that those living with the disease and their care-givers may find ever-better treatment and support.
For more & to view the documentary, visit the website http://injimmysfootsteps.com