Yup…I am doing it!
Yesterday I registered to run the Chicago Marathon on 10.7.18 with Team ALZ Stars (Alzheimer’s Association) So…2018 will consist of the usual (plus quite a few more) miles of swimming, biking, and running…and now fundraising! I have some ambitious goals for the year personally, professionally, and athletically…I will fill you in soon (ok some is a need to know situation haha!)
So this is the “first draft” of my donation letter. Not because it needs editing; more because I have so much to say…and could only say so much at the time.
“I’m going the distance with the Alzheimer’s Association ALZ Stars®, a program to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Association.
Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.
So…enough about the technical stuff…now for the reality. This disease sucks. In many ways it is more about the famlies and loved ones of those living with the disease that are most affected. This disease doesn’t just break down the body, but before it does that, it robs you of your memories. I have lost both of my maternal grandparents, and we believe my maternal uncle to this disease, he didn’t let us see him suffering and made alternative plans. I have other aunts and uncles as well that fell prey to this awful sentence.
Imagine going to lunch with your friends. Coming home, and then telling someone else about your lunch and truly believing no one talked to you. That you were invisible. Sometimes thats how it starts. The “little” things. That unless you are constantly around others, you may not even notice for awhile.
Everytime I am out and taking pictures of things…I wonder, besides social media, why does this matter. I don’t have children that one day I will be flipping through photo albums with. If I DID have children, would they even know what a photo album even is!?!?! Ha! But seriously, these photos are just as much for my memories on a day to day “hey remember that” as it is for actually, truly remembering things. Everyone gets stressed out and becomes forgetful. Sometimes this scares me. I worry about my family. I worry about myself. I worry about others. This is no way to live. Living in fear of this disease is a constant, (though often buried as much as possible) feeling I have. That one time Mom forgets something I just told her…is that it? How about my sisters? How about me…will someone tell me? Who will be there for me?
Ok…in tears now and rambling so I need to wrap this up. (and change it I am sure 17,000 times over the course of the next year)
I have worked (volunteered) with the AlzStars Marathon Team for 3 seasons of the Chicago Marathon now, as a coach and an injury consultant. I have also fundraised for the Alzheimer’s Association for the last several years to run the Shamrock Shuffle, and also a few walks. I believe in this cause. Therefore, I am going to be running the Chicago Marathon on October 7, 2018. I figure I have worked with the marathon/around the marathon every single year for 24 years…it is my turn. Time to do this and RUN!!!!
I have many other races and events that I will be doing prior to and some in preparation of this race. Real training doesn’t begin until June (and I will still be doing my triathlons-don’t worry!) I will continue working with the team if they will have m! I just need to get this out there now. This is my own accountability. I have some ambitious goals for myself this coming year, both personal and as an athlete…more coming on that…
Sooooo….I know there are so many amazing causes out there! Heck, I donate to many of them! Unfortunately there is not a central funding distribution center for them all. You will likely be hearing a lot from me, and donate just so I will stop…but thats the thing, this disease is also relentless! I will also have fun with some fundraising…so stay tuned 🙂 Every dollar counts…every sentiment even! Trust me…it will keep me going every stepp of the way through training..and the 26.2 miles on race day!
I need your support to do my part! Please make a donation to help the Alzheimer’s Association advance research to discover methods of prevention, treatment and ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer’s. For the millions already affected by the disease, the Association offers care, education, support and resources in communities nationwide.
Thank you in advance for your generosity – together, we can outrace Alzheimer’s disease.
Much love & gratitude
There you have it, a bit about me.