Good evening! I’m sure a lot of you have seen our posts about training, pushing our bodies to the limit, hiking, and our recent trip to Colorado. Well, all that training and that trip were to prepare for our adventure coming up this week. The time has come to share the details of what we are doing and why we are doing it.
Dementia is a very personal disease that is trying to steal my best friend, and has affected multiple members of my family as well as Jason's family. It’s a disease from which sadness, heartbreak, and sleepless nights can cascade for everyone involved. Ten million new individuals are, regrettably, diagnosed every year and has most likely negatively impacted your life as well.
As a home health speech language pathologist and Jason being a home health physical therapist, we witness first hand how this disease deleteriously affects the individual, their family, and their community support team. It is for this reason that we have decided to backpack a section of the Pacific Crest Trail in California. 5 days in desolation wilderness. 60 miles, elevation gain of 10,954 feet, carrying everything we need in our backpacks, all in hopes of increasing awareness, raising funds, and showing compassionate support that those facing this disease are not alone. We are fighting for you. We are backpacking in hopes of funding research that may soon aid in making a cure attainable.
I am a gal of very few posts, but with this I sincerely ask for your help in the form of prayers, well wishes, and any financial contributions you can make to support those who are in disparity for this cure...Including myself and my family.
We will be proudly writing the names of loved ones on our shoes to remind us of why we are hiking. Please don't feel obligated to contribute financially because we know the pandemic has negatively hit many people, but you can still be of immense help by sharing this post! Jason and I will be matching total donations up to $1000, with our overall goal being to raise $10,000.
We are grateful and know how blessed we are to be surrounded by incredible friends, family and acquaintances which will encompass us during this expedition. We will be hiking September 11th-16th. All financial contributions will go directly to Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, where 95% of all funds raised go directly into overhead costs for completion of research, including equipment, lab time, researcher time, etc. Please see the attached link to make a contribution!
~Annie Jack & Jason Russell~