"We can be Heroes. Just for one day."
On March 19th, 2017 I'll be taking to the streets of Manhattan to, once again, run the NYC Half Marathon in honor of my mother, Saundra Berman. I'll be running with the Athletes to End Alzheimer’s (ATEA) team, and we're raising money for CaringKind, The Heart of Alzheimer's Caregiving which provides free information, assistance and support for those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, as well as for their family members, caregivers and professionals
And I could really use your generosity and support.
Last year's NYC Half Marathon was one of the most fulfilling days of my life. It was my first time running in an organized race (really, my first time running ever!), as well as my first real fundraising effort. And I was absolutely blown away by the generosity shown towards me by so many wonderful people, helping me to raise over $8,500.
But what moved me the most was the realization that my family and I are not alone. Through my fundraising outreach, I learned of so many friends and colleagues who have also had to deal with the effects of Alzheimers and dementia on their family members, and who are still dealing with it every day. I ran that race last year on behalf of everyone who has had to watch a loved one struggle with this disease. And I will do so again this year.
My mother, Saundra Berman, was diagnosed with dementia several years ago. In her mid-50s, she had two strokes and has been living with diabetes for many years. Before her strokes and subsequent dementia diagnosis, my mother was one of the hardest working, tenacious, self-sufficient, and outgoing women I've known. Throughout her life she has had to constantly re-invent herself and she has done so with aplomb, constantly taking on the challenge of entering fields of work she had no prior experience with, and always crossing the proverbial "finish line" with great success. She was a teacher, a software developer, a technology consultant, an entrepreneur, and a fantastic mom who has always been there for me, through thick and thin.
I want to be there for her now. This is why I'm running. And this is why I'm, humbly, asking for your help.