Alzheimers & Dementia are the 6th leading cause of death worldwide.
In 2018, it is estimated that Alzheimers and Dementia will cost our Nation nearly $277 Billion.
Nearly 6 Million Americans are currently diagnosed with it.
In the United States alone, there is a new diagnosis for the disease every 65 seconds.
My great grandmother and grandmother had Dementia. And in the summer of 2016, my Mother was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of the disease.
When some of you think about Alzheimer's or Dementia, you may associate it with an inconvenient loss of memory. Truth is, it's an unrelenting degradation of the brain. Loss of memory is just one of many devastating symptoms for this disease. The speed of the disease varies. It can be highly individual. Some forms of Alzheimer's last many years. And other forms, like Frontotemporal dementia are swift and brutal. I know many of you have your own stories about how your life has been affected. Here's mine.
I remember the leadup to my Mom’s diagnosis of Frontotemporal Dementia in 2016. The beginning of it. Something seemed just a bit different. Her behavior had altered a bit and I'd get some random agitated texts about very minimal problems. Things escalated quickly and within a couple years I barely recognized the remarkable woman who had raised me. She's still with us today. Things are different. At times it's like having a stranger around who needs round the clock care (god bless my father). At other times there are tiny windows where you can see a shadow of the person she once was. And pretty much all the time, you have to keep a close eye on her, lest you find her wandering away into the back yards of strangers.
My mother had an insatiable love of fitness. One which she passed along to me as a young man. When I was 19 we ran a marathon together. We ran it again when I was 22 (although I did not finish). And when my Mom was in her 50s, she qualified and ran the Boston Marathon. She had become a regular top 5 finisher in all her local races. It was pretty inspirational. And even when she was zipping past me, she always took the time to slow things down and go on a trail run with me.
I've decided to use my own love of sports and fitness to raise money for the Cure Alzheimer's Fund.
100% of donations go directly toward funding research into a cure. I've set a lofty goal for 2018 and will use a couple different Fitness Events throughout the year to drive toward that goal. The first one is this April where I will be competing in my very first Crossfit Competition called the Festivus Games. We can all make a difference together. Thanks for your contribution.