July 01, 2016
BENEFITING: Alzheimer's Association
EVENT DATE: Sep 18, 2016
Alzheimer's Disease has had a profound impact on my life. Both of my paternal grandparents suffered immensely late in life from Alzheimer's, and complications from the disease ultimately lead to their deaths. Not only is the cause of this disease still unknown, but there is also no current cure to either reverse or stop the progression of Alzheimer's.
My grandfather was an avid runner, swimmer and cyclist (even in his 80's!), so it is only fitting that I plan on dedicating my first triathlon to his memory. I am competing in my first Olympic distance triathlon(1.5km swim, 40km bike, and 10km run) on September 18th in Yokosuka, Japan.
I am raising money for the Alzheimer's Association. This non-profit uses the money raised to provide support and care to the people and families affected by such a debilitating disease. Additionally, the Alzheimer's Association is the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research,and the Association is committed to accelerating the global progress of new treatments, preventions and ultimately, a cure. If you want to find out more about the Alzheimer's Association, check them out at www.alz.org
Alzheimer's is a terrible, painful disease for all parties involved and every bit of additional funding towards research helps. I plan on wearing purple throughout the competition to support raising awareness for the cause. It will also be to to show love and remembrance for my grandparents who had Alzheimer's, and the rest of my family that suffered the disease's symptoms.