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ATHLETES TO END ALZHEIMER'S (2015 NEW YORK CITY MARATHON FOR THE ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION)

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Matt Thomas

THE STORY:

Dear Family, Friends and Colleagues

On November 1st 2015 I will be running the New York City Marathon to raise awareness and funds for the Alzheimer’s Association in honour of my parents, Charlie and Joan Thomas, who both passed away recently after suffering from the symptoms of this illness.

As a family we went through the difficult and heart-wrenching process of watching them slowly but surely lose their memory and ability to recognise family, friends and undertake the most basic functions. They say it is harder for those of us left behind and that is so true for me and my two sisters. Our visits often left us in tears out of sheer frustration watching two independent and intelligent adults slowly disappearing in front of us.

Here are some facts you maybe didn’t know:

  • There are more than 342,800 Australians living with dementia 
  • Of the top 10 causes of death in Australia and America, it's the only one that can’t be prevented, cured or slowed
  • One in three Seniors die from Alzheimers or another form of dementia
  • Each week, there are more than 1,800 new cases of dementia in Australia; approx. one person every 6 minutes. This is expected to grow to 7,400 new cases each week by 2050
  • Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia (the second leading cause in women)
  • If dementia were a country, it would be the world’s 18th largest economy.

I have enjoyed running all my life and the New York City Marathon has been a personal goal for a number of years. To achieve this and support such a worthy cause just seemed like too good an opportunity to pass up.

I’m running this race to celebrate the memory of my parents and I seek your support by sponsoring me to achieve my goal of raising $5,000 AUD towards advancing research that will someday discover a cure for Alzheimers. 

Finally, as the event and charity are in New York, donations made outside of the US will not be tax deductible but I hope this doesn’t deter you from joining me on this journey.

Thank you and best wishes

Matt Thomas

 

DONATE

To This Fundraiser

$13,021

MONEY RAISED
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  • Kerrin Thomas

    $100

  • Dan Morgan

    $100

  • Lynne Kyle

    $25

  • Rob and Julia Cooper

    $150

  • ELLA Hall

    $1,000

  • Brad Woods

    $50

  • Steve & Candace Sotwick

    $100

  • Keith, Denise, Matt & Leah McKellar

    $100

  • roger olds

    $100

  • Mark Walker

    $100

  • Ian Watt

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Niel Ritchie

    $50

  • Langeard Family

    $30

  • Craig Dennis

    $25

  • Bernard O'Brien

    $50

  • Paula Eggers

    $50

  • Nick Ryder

    $50

  • Colin Hay

    $100

  • Diane Hamblin

    $100

  • Andy Hill

    $100

  • Jee-Seon Lee

    $50

  • Steve & Jo @ mandurahtoyota

    $1,000

  • Khaled Chiri

    $75

  • Mike B

    $100

  • Derrick & Shirley O'Keeffe

    $100

  • Donald Michie

    $100

  • RForward

    $70

  • Lorna and Bob Petchell

    $150

  • Lloyd mith - Gerard Daniels

    $500

  • Reg Morrison

    $100

  • Paul Everingham

    $185

  • Sarah Green

    $100

  • Ella & Stan

    $50

  • Andrew Williams

    $50

  • Craig Lennox

    $100

  • phil Thomas

    $100

  • Deangelo Family

    $100

  • Steve Herrmann

    $150

  • Matthew Hopkins

    $50

  • Mick Dulaney

    $50

  • MARK C

    $50

  • Northline (c/- C Whitton)

    $150

  • Bill and Jennie Loch

    $200

  • Matt Thomas

    $50

  • Dave Smercina

    $100

  • Alan Brown

    $250

  • Danni Royce

    $50

  • John Gemmell

    $150

  • Tere/George

     

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Jock and Cindi Stuart

    $150

  • Mike and Karen Belton

    $500

  • Richard Jeffares

    $100

  • James McLeod

    $40

  • Sean Fleming

    $40

  • Capital Partners Private Wealth Advisers

    $250

  • Neil & Jen

    $200

  • Philos Carnio

    $150

  • Gavin Ryan

    $50

  • Toby Edmunds

    $500

  • Karen and dickie Simpson

    $35

  • Jason Howe

    $200

  • wido peppinck+ Alison Mitchell

    $50

  • Wayne & Julie McFerran

    $50

  • Peter & Vicki Murphy

    $100

  • Hazel Smith

    $100

  • Steve Valvano

    $25

  • Gerard O'Dell

    $100

  • Phil Johnson

    $75

  • David Gwyther

     

  • Damien & Kelly Marantelli

    $250

  • Banny Chan

    $150

  • Ed & Carol Beesley

    $50

  • Jim & Chris Holmes

    $100

  • Hanna family

    $100

  • Gerry & Carol Zrinski

    $700

  • Valentine's Painting Service

    $700

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Karen and Clinton

    $50

  • Derek & Alison

    $250

  • Ross and Mariska

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Wendy Fisher

    $70

  • Nick Franey

    $100

  • James & Christina

    $250

  • Brian Haymon

    $500

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372% Raised of $3,500 Goal

The Team: $598,355 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Karen Rulapaugh

Amount Raised

$21,385

 

306% Raised of $7,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Justin Weitz

Amount Raised

$15,217

Fundraiser Title

Ron Beach Jr

Amount Raised

$14,310

 

143% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Matt Thomas

Amount Raised

$13,021

 

372% Raised of $3,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

James Barb

Amount Raised

$12,189

 

61% Raised of $20,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Matthew Baier

Amount Raised

$11,400

 

114% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Cathryn Devons

Amount Raised

$11,111

Fundraiser Title

SAM BERBERIAN

Amount Raised

$10,835

 

108% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Brian Haymon

Brian Haymon

DONATION: $500

2 years ago

James & Christina

James & Christina

DONATION: $250

2 years ago

Nick Franey

Nick Franey

DONATION: $100

I'll be with you in spirit, every step of the way. Have a great run, Nick 2 years ago

Wendy Fisher

Wendy Fisher

DONATION: $70

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Ross and Mariska

Ross and Mariska

DONATION: $50

Run Matt Run. Have fun, stay safe. Well done with the funrausing for such a deserving cause. Xx 2 years ago

Derek & Alison

Derek & Alison

DONATION: $250

Great cause Matt you are a real inspiration 2 years ago

Karen and Clinton

Karen and Clinton

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

Go Matty. Very proud of you. Respect xxx 2 years ago

Valentine's Painting Service

Valentine's Painting Service

DONATION: $700

Helping a very deserving cause 2 years ago