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Carolyn Viola's Fundraiser:

Miles for Mom

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June 12, 2016

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BENEFITING: CaringKind

Carolyn Viola

THE STORY:

My mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at age 65. Like many, she was diagnosed young and her disease progressed very quickly--so quickly that by the time we wrapped our brains around what was happening she had already slipped away into the dark recesses of the disease.

Today, she is living in a nursing home--comfortable and stable but without any recognition of her loved ones or knowledge of her surroundings. There is nothing we can do to stop the progression or bring her back to us. It's an incredibly powerless feeling and I am constantly looking for ways I can find some sense of control, strength, hope.

For me, that has been running. Running helps calm me when I'm missing her and through exercise, provides one way I can possibly help prevent the disease from affecting me. Ironically, as the disease was just starting to take hold my mom decided she was going to run her first 5K race with my family. My mom was not a runner, in fact, that was probably the first time I ever saw her run! I will never forget how she took off and left us behind and the look on her face when she crossed the finish line.

From the moment she was diagnosed, my family was very blessed to have the resources to help manage my mom's disease, however even with access to the best healthcare services, support groups, and caregiver aid programs, it was still the most devastating experience of our lives. I literally cannot imagine the added burden on families who do not have access to the same resources and support.

That's why on Sunday, October 23 I will run in the Atlantic City Marathon in honor of my mom and to raise funds for CaringKind, New York City's leading expert on Alzheimer's and dementia caregiving. 

The mission of CaringKind is to create, deliver, and promote comprehensive and compassionate care and support services for individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research.

They achieve their mission by providing programs and services for individuals with dementia, their family and professional caregivers; increasing public awareness; collaborating with research centers; and informing public policy through advocacy.

Please support me in my toughest challenge yet, as I run in honor of my mom filled with hope to prevent future generations from facing this terrible disease.

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To This Fundraiser

$3,784

MONEY RAISED
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  • Lourdes

    $50

  • Chris Kazlau

    $25

  • TBH

    $100

  • Tony Zarillo , Sr

     

  • Staci Cornelius

    $50

  • The Bitalla Family

     

  • JP Kazlau

    $150

  • CAROLYN VIOLA

    $50

  • The Angulo Family

    $500

  • Isabella Sergio

    $50

  • Bridget & Greg

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Kathy Carino and Family

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Emilia

     

  • The Covello Family

    $500

  • Erin

    $50

  • Triola family

    $25

  • Amy

    $50

  • Kelly chilakos

     

  • Ada

    $25

  • Carlos and Melissa

    $50

  • Samantha Trent

    $25

  • Jan and Alan Hodgson

    $50

  • Rebecca Borden

    $100

  • Karen and Bill Ernst

    $100

  • Sonja O.

     

  • Jill P

    $25

  • Emily

    $50

  • Christine Favorito

    $20

  • The DiStefano Family

    $50

  • The Iradi Family

    $50

  • Jackie and Bartolotta

     

  • Potter family

    $25

  • Canto Family

    $26

  • Lourdes

    $25

  • Marci Zeidwerg

    $18

  • The Van Aulen Family

    $25

  • Jeanine Fama

    $25

  • Erin, Dave and Tommy

    $100

  • Micale family

    $50

  • Kelley Davidson

    $25

  • Lewandowski Family

    $50

  • Steve, Carolyn, Ava and Frankie Viola

    $500

  • Scott Levy and Sarah Lang

     

  • Marlene & Wayne Terranova

     

  • The Taglietta Family

    $25

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The Team: $3,784 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Carolyn Viola

Amount Raised

$3,784

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Melissa Eiring Van Aulen

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Donor Comments

The Taglietta Family

The Taglietta Family

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Marlene & Wayne Terranova

Marlene & Wayne Terranova

In honor of caring daughters! 2 years ago

Scott Levy and Sarah Lang

Scott Levy and Sarah Lang

2 years ago

Steve, Carolyn, Ava and Frankie Viola

Steve, Carolyn, Ava and Frankie Viola

DONATION: $500

2 years ago

Lewandowski Family

Lewandowski Family

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Kelley Davidson

Kelley Davidson

DONATION: $25

So touching, Carolyn. I'm so sorry you and your family are going through this. Her mind might not remember, but you are all in her heart. Much love! Kick ass this weekend!! 2 years ago

Micale family

Micale family

DONATION: $50

Miss one of my best friends 2 years ago

Erin, Dave and Tommy

Erin, Dave and Tommy

DONATION: $100

In tribute to your Mom and in honor of your dedication to the cause. We know you will rock it, Lovey!!! Xoxo 2 years ago

Jeanine Fama

Jeanine Fama

DONATION: $25

Lots of Love and Best of Luck xo 2 years ago

The Van Aulen Family

The Van Aulen Family

DONATION: $25

Good luck and love to your mom! 2 years ago