Hello! My name is Emma Smith. Last fall my family participated in the Maine Marathon Relay to raise money in support of the Josephine and John Marr Alzheimer’s Research Fund at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Alzheimer's research, awareness, and prevention is a cause that is near and dear to my family's heart.
Due to COVID-19 the Maine Marathon has been moved to a virtual race this year. Between September 26 and October 12, the Marr Fund Team will participate in the Virtual 2020 Maine Marathon. Family and friends can run or walk any distance, anywhere in the world to support the Josephine and John Marr Alzheimer’s Research Fund at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
I am currently a senior at the University of Maine so I decided to recruit some of my friends to join me in the fight to end Alzheimer's. On October 10th a group of UMaine Black Bears will be doing a 5 mile walk around Orono to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer's Disease.
Today, more than five million Americans are courageously fighting Alzheimer’s disease. But the Marr group—together with world-renowned researchers at Brigham—are focused on finding a way to stop Alzheimer’s disease altogether.
In six years, the Marr Fund has already made a tangible impact on furthering Alzheimer’s prevention research, most notably raising over $1MM through the Maine Marathon event itself. In addition, support from the Marr Fund has been a catalyst in allowing the research team to secure a significant $20M National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to begin a prevention trial in younger individuals.
Thank you for joining us in this fight to prevent Alzheimer’s. Together we can make a difference—now and for future generations.