Feb 23, 2012

Running 4 Answers

Become an Alzheimer's activist

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Carolyn Mastrangelo
I talked to Carolyn Mastrangelo and Barbara Geiger and I am impressed. They decided to do something about Alzheimer's disease and they are doing it. So far they raised $55,000. Wow.

They are now into their third Alzheimer's fund raising effort -- Running 4 Answers 3

There are two things I like about this effort.

First, the donations go to the benefit of the Cure Alzheimer's Fund, my personal favorite and number one recommendation for Alzheimer's research.

Second, running, I like it. I can't tell you how many times I thought to myself, why are we walking, why aren't we running for a a cure for Alzheimer's? We have to get moving, faster. Let's run.

These women need your help. First and foremost they need donations. Second, they could use some help identifying sponsors.

I mean come on, two women giving their all for a good cause, end Alzheimer's. What business wouldn't want to see their name on the back of every shirt as a sponsor?

Read their story and appeal below. Become an Alzheimer's activist, get involved.

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Noticing that my mom wasn’t quite right was a scary revelation. Realizing that it was happening at age 55 was terrifying. She was a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, all roles that she taught me to do well. She was an avid reader and trivia buff. She was a registered nurse at a nursing home for 22 years, a job she enjoyed tremendously. She is almost 68 years old now, and lives in a nursing home

ALZHEIMER’S. My mom has Alzheimer’s.

As a runner, I looked for a race that supported Alzheimer’s research. With the prevalence of Alzheimer’s I was CERTAIN I would find one. For a disease that affects 5.4 million Americans, I was shocked to find not one race benefitting Alzheimer’s disease. Not one race.

The feelings of helplessness grew. This disease is devastating to watch, however there was nothing to do but watch.

As a personal trainer, I believe in change. I decided to change the lack of races. I reached out to my friend and fellow fitness enthusiast, Barbara Geiger, who has fundraising experience. A race to cure Alzheimer's was born.

The name of the race started with Melissa Etheridge’s song, “I Run for Life.” “Running for answers” is a line in that song. When we read that line, we knew it was the right name. This year we will be holding our third Running 4 Answers race, and fun run.

“Mom, do you know who I am?”

The proceeds from the run benefit Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. We chose them for their singular focus on research; and because, the three founding families of CAF pay all overhead expenses, EVERY DOLLAR DONATED goes toward that research. 100 percent.

We are planning Running 4 Answers’ 3rd annual event for Saturday, April 28 in Roseland, NJ. To date, we have donated $55,000 to Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. The experience continues to be exciting and beyond rewarding. I’m not just watching my mom in a nursing home. We are doing something.

We want to be part of the solution, part of the effort to cure Alzheimer's, and we want you to join with us.

To continue to be a success, WE NEED YOUR HELP. If you are local, come to the 5k race or the 2-mile walk. Can’t make it? You can become a sponsor or make a donation.

Alzheimer’s races do NOT exist – but Alzheimer’s does. Please help us spread the word about our event.

Thank you.

Carolyn Mastrangelo

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Original content Bob DeMarco, the Alzheimer's Reading Room