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 I have been running the Chicago Marathon since 2004 in memory of my brother-in-law, Paul Bracken who passed away in 2001 at the age of 58 as a result of Early Onset Alzheimer's. He left behind his wife, Sheila, three children, and seven grandchildren. In the past, I wrote about the facts and figures of Alzheimer's, but those numbers are really abstract. This year, I am, again, sharing a post that Paul's granddaughter, Ashley, posted a short while ago. She wrote:

Still getting compliments on my tattoo for Grandpa Paul even 6 years after I got it lady at the gym said it's beautiful it made me remember why I got it...Grandpa Paul always said "Try & Relax", I need to do that a lot more lately I miss you Grandpa Paul! I wish you were here to see how much I've grown physically & mentally as a person, and all I've achieved. I wish you could have seen my Pass in Review, making rank, finally earning my ESWS, to have my first beer with me, hear my deployment stories, see me as my command's Blue Jacket of the Year. it's one of those moments that's got your name written all over it. You know that if I had just one wish, it'd be that you didn't have to miss this.

Last year, I ran 73 races in Paul's memory and your support was outstanding as we raised over $24,000. This year - I hit a little bump in the road. I had a heart attack on December 27th, while running, but after some slick emergency surgery, my arteries are clear and, with the help of the staff at Weiss Hospital's Cardio-Rehab Center, I am returning to run my 16th Chicago Marathon to raise money for the fight to End Alzheimer's.

 So... Here's the challenge - I'll do the rehab and the running and you do the donating - and together we can #ENDALZ

Keep this in mind - the life you help may be your own or someone you love.

Thank you for your generosity.

If you prefer to pay by check, please make the check payable to the Alzheimer's Association and mail it to me at my office at 3712 N. Broadway, Suite 606. Chicago IL 60613




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