Thursday, March 19, 2015

For my grandmother, Eleanor

If you know me well, you know that running is a huge part of my life. As I continue to progress through my running career, I’ve learned that running is even more fulfilling when I use it to raise awareness and give back to those around me. That is why I’m excited to be joining the ALZ Stars Chicago Marathon Team to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s.

My beautiful, kindhearted and loving grandmother, Eleanor, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2005. With each passing year, her condition has continued to worsen. Many of the things you and I take so easily for granted have become increasingly difficult for her to do without assistance. It is a truly sad disease to witness and it’s my hope that one day there will be a cure. I’m honored to be running the Chicago Marathon for her.

ALZ Stars is a program to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. The Association works on a global, national and local level to enhance care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Your kind donation will help the Alzheimer's Association advance research to discover methods of prevention, treatment and ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer’s. My goal between now and race day in October is to find 100 people willing to donate $26.20, or a dollar for each mile I run, so that I can reach my fundraising goal of $2,620. Please visit my fundraising page to learn more.

Thank you in advance for your generosity. It is greatly appreciated by me, my family, and the families of those that have a loved one that suffers from Alzheimer’s.

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