Hi Family and Friends!
We’re quickly approaching the two-year anniversary that Early Onset Alzheimer’s robbed me of the sarcastic, witty, kind-hearted, and selfless man that I was honored to have as a father. Although he began to show symptoms in my young teenage years, he had an immeasurable impact on my life and I have been increasingly compelled to honor him in any way that I can.
This is a disease that so many of us (myself included) attribute to dementia of old age and my family is an example that it can be so different. My dad’s case was not just early, it was atypical; he first received a diagnosis of Primary Progressive Aphasia, which caused him to lose his speech, and it took many years of uncertainty to figure out his prognosis.
Since I have subjected myself to even more schooling, I cannot personally donate much to the cause. So, in honor of the love that my father and I once had for racing around the block, I’ve decided run a slightly longer race as a member of the CaringKind Athletes to End Alzheimer's team in the 2017 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon on March 19th! My dad would also appreciate that I will be “suffering” in the elements of a Northeastern Winter! Just for reference, my suffering is his shorts-wearing weather; but hey, maybe it’ll motivate me to run a little faster!
I would greatly appreciate your contribution to my effort by making a tax-deductible donation via the orange Support Me button above.
So many of you have already donated to this cause and I cannot express my gratitude for the love that you have blessed us with. For those who would rather show their support through sore knees, I’ll happily welcome running buddies!
Thank you again to everyone for the love and support that you have shown myself, my brother, and more importantly, my incredible mother. If there’s any solace in our suffering, it has been that I’ve realized what incredible people he was surrounded by.