Friends and Family - After several years of seeing a decline in my father’s memory, in April of 2018 he suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury, which led to him living in a memory care facility until leaving us on 5/2/2019. My Dad is my hero and inspiration for many things in my life, but one of the biggest gifts he has given me is my love for running. Of course it wasn’t an immediate love affair, and if I heard the phrase “if you want to get the smiles, you’ve got to do the miles” I may have given him a few annoyed looks. It was impressive to see a president of an international company find time to train for several marathons over the years including Boston Marathon and the very challenging Volcano Marathon. I was fortunate when I finally found my passion and signed up for my first marathon to have my Dad run with me. My actual request was that he be there as my emergency contact. But in true Rick Vidgen fashion, he had to do one better and run all 26.2 miles with me, through 6 inches or rain and hurricane force winds.
The other Rick Vidgen-ism imparted on me, is that there is no better way to see a city than to run it. While my travel locations haven't been as glamorous as his yet, running cities does allow you to find some amazing things you may have never seen. And because of this practice, it caused me to fall in love with NYC. I remember calling Dad after going all over Central Park and sharing all the sites I saw. This is probably one of last times I really got to have a happy moment with my Dad, and a memory I cherish.
It is my privilege to be able to participate in the 2019 New York City Marathon and run in honor of Papa Vidge by fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Drug Discover Foundation.
The ADDF is proud to be an official charity partner for the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon. Donations to our team, Runners for Alzheimer's Research, directly support research into new treatments for this devastating disease. In 2018, our team of runners from all over the world raised over $110,000. And 100% of the funds they raised went directly to Alzheimer's research.
Though we are making great strides, Alzheimer's remains the only top 10 cause of death in the U.S. that can't be prevented, cured or even slowed. By supporting drug discovery research, our marathon team will help conquer Alzheimer's!
Founded in 1998 by co-chairmen Leonard A. and Ronald S. Lauder, the ADDF provides funding to leading scientists who are conducting the most promising, innovative Alzheimer’s drug research worldwide. The mission of the ADDF is to rapidly accelerate the discovery of drugs to prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer's disease.To learn more about the ADDF, please visit our website.