My Mom & Dad have been great parents, role models and ultimately great friends. Nearly a decade ago my mom started to slip and was diagnosed with Alzheimers. This has not stopped either one of them from continuing in the roles I just mentioned. My mom still goes to the gym three days a week with her Visiting Angels caregiver. She loves music and dances when she hears music she recognizes from her era. My dad cares for her 24/7 other than when he is playing golf to keep himself active and involved. He demonstrates immense patience in dealing with the tough days and he demonstrates devotion, and unwavering commitment to his partner of close to sixty years. He is able to keep her in good spirits and smiling. I marvel at both of their spirits and grace with process of aging. My wife Jayne and two daughters Elysse and Kaila also have learned so much from watching and observing how they both deal with this disease with grace and without complaint.
I am proud to be running on both of their behalves in the 2020 Boston Marathon. I hope I can be a financial contributor for the cause of finding a cure for Alzheimer's in our generation.
This run will be special for a number of reasons. Mostly special based on my mom & dad being my inspiration for the run. But also two other elements are unique for this race. My younger sister Sue inspired me in 2018 when in her mid 50's she ran her first marathon ever. In what I can safely say were the worst conditions I have ever seen she finished in under 5 hours. That was amazing. We are going to run this one together (as long as i can keep up)! From a personal perspective this will be a milestone for me as I have been blessed with the health and interest in running to have completed marathons in the 1980's, 90's, 2000's & 2010's. Therefore, if I am successful crossing the finish line on April 20, 2020 - it will be the 5th decade that I have successfully completed a full marathon. That will be worth celebrating with my family.
The Alzheimer's Association MA/NH Chapter is a proud Partner of the John Hancock Non-Profit Program and we are thrilled to announce that Team End ALZ will run the 124th Boston Marathon® on April 20, 2020. The Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world's most prestigious road racing events.
Alzheimer's disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, and affects millions of people daily. More than 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's, including 155,000 in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Currently, there is no cure. The first survivor of Alzheimer's is out there, but we won't get there without you!
In 2019, Team End ALZ raised over $1 million from the marathon, run, triathlon and cycling events, all to support programs and services for those impacted with the disease and advancing research for a cure. The 2020 Boston Marathon team is determined to continue this tradition of success as we celebrate another year of running! No stopping until there is a cure! #endALZ
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