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10 Mile Kingdom Swim

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BENEFITING: ALZHEIMERS ASSOCIATION

EVENT DATE: Jul 24, 2010

Matthew Parks

THE STORY:

In memory of my dad, John Parks, on Saturday, July 24th, I will be participating in the 10 mile Kingdom Swim in Lake Memphremagog in Northern Vermont.

Growing up, my dad always supported me with my swimming. He would often spend his one day off every two weeks ferrying me to events across the Northwest of England. Two things I could always count on: his encouragement and a Beatles soundtrack for the car ride.

Dad passed away in December 2007 after suffering for over a decade from Pick's disease, a rare neurodegenerative disease that is similar to Alzheimer's. Pick's disease can occur in people as young as 20, but usually begins between ages 40 and 60. As of yet, there's no cure for Pick's disease, but much progress has been made in the identification of the disorder since my dad's diagnosis.

Throughout his illness, my family received unconditional support from friends and care professionals. I'm raising money for the local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association to ensure that others receive the care and support they need, and to fund research on Alzheimer's and related disorders.

Not a day goes by when I don't think about my dad. I know he'll be with me every stroke of the way. Just like he always was.

You can make a donation here or feel free to contact me if you'd prefer to give another way. Every donation counts, but if you are unable to do so at this time, please take a minute to learn more about Pick's disease.

Thanks for your support and be sure to follow my progress on Twitter (twitter.com/matcparks) and Facebook (http://bit.ly/9JObGQ). You don't have to be signed up to see my updates.

Wish me luck!

Matt Parks

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$2,157

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Cousin Simon

    $50

  • Kirsten af Klinteberg

    $25

  • Mary Frank

    $10

  • Margo Grossberg

    $25

  • Peter Whaley

    $20

  • Jen Downing

    $25

  • vicky swanick

    $30

  • Lisa and Ray

    $30

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Beth Jones

    $100

  • Matthew Byron

    $20

  • Jessie, Khoa, & Colin

    $50

  • Mum

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Rob & Suze

    $32.32

  • JP

    $50

  • John Griffith, St Andrew's Church, West Kirby, UK

    $75

  • Nate

    $50

  • Emily & Chris Pardo

    $50

  • Patricia Whelchel

    $100

  • Sally Jones (cousin Sal)

    $30

  • Evelyn Barnes

    $50

  • Gran

    $50

  • Beryl & Terry

    $50

  • Auntie Ann & Uncle Dave

    $75

  • Matt Oultram

    $50

  • Casey

    $10

  • William Orr

    $15

  • Barry

    $30

  • Larry David

    $50

  • Ben

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Bowes family

    $100

  • Chris Byron

    $15.43

  • Jan Albrecht

    $50

  • Paula (baby cousin)

    $50

  • Nick Godson

    $30

  • Neil

    $50

  • Ellen & Malcolm Holmes

    $100

  • Lester

    $80

  • Lewis

    $10

  • Danuta & Ian

    $50

  • Monica

    $32

  • Yvonne

    $8

  • Paul T Harper

    $10

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Donor Comments

Paul T Harper

Paul T Harper

DONATION: $10

6 years ago

Yvonne

Yvonne

DONATION: $8

6 years ago

Monica

Monica

DONATION: $32

Wow 6 years ago

Danuta & Ian

Danuta & Ian

DONATION: $50

Well done, Matt. Your Dad would have been proud of you! 6 years ago

Lewis

Lewis

DONATION: $10

proud of you mate 6 years ago

Lester

Lester

DONATION: $80

Great effort Matt - a really tough distance to comprehend and a fantastic achievement - well done!!!! 6 years ago

Ellen & Malcolm Holmes

Ellen & Malcolm Holmes

DONATION: $100

6 years ago

Neil

Neil

DONATION: $50

6 years ago

Nick Godson

Nick Godson

DONATION: $30

Good luck Mat, I'll be thinking of you 6 years ago

Paula (baby cousin)

Paula (baby cousin)

DONATION: $50

will be thinking of you, so proud of you xx 6 years ago