My grandpa Calkins was my biggest fan. Every game, talent show, and performance, he was there crying and cheering for me. He was intelligent, he loved mind puzzles and he was the kindest man I ever knew. And he suffered from Alzheimer’s.
He became a person he never wanted to become, a person who was no longer recognizable. 2 of my grandparents have suffered/ are suffering from the disease as well as my husband’s Grandma and many loved ones of the people in my life. It is a disease that strips away the person you used to know and replaces them with a shell of the person they once were.
When I decided to run 26.2 miles, I knew I wanted to make it count. Not only will it be the biggest physical and mental challenge of my life, but it will be dedicated to those who face and have faced even larger challenges by watching their loved one battle this disease. I will take this opportunity to raise money for research for a cure of this heart break.
If he could be there, my grandpa would be cheering for me at the end of this race on November 3rd. He’d be there with flowers, and tears of joy would be running down his cheeks. Because that‘s the man he was.
Your donation is for something so much bigger than myself. I don’t know how to cure this disease, but I can sure as heck do my part to assist in the process. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.