is participating to honor:
his beautiful grandmothers
Today, over 35 million people across the world are living with Alzheimer's. That's a lot. Both of my grandmothers, Nancy Spear and Connie Reilly, and our families, have felt the effects of the disease that strips the mind of, well, most everything. Nanan left us a few years ago, and I was lucky enough to have one last hug and cry with her, in one of her moments of clarity, before she passed a week later. Noni is battling strong, eating well and staying active (maybe a bit TOO active for my 90 year old grandfather -- keep doing what you're doing Gramps!) but she has very little to no recollection of anything.
So on April 8th this year, I'm doing what I love to honor those affected by this disease. I'm participating in The Longest Day, a fundraising event to advance the care, support, and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.
I will spend the next 2 months training for the Oceanside Half Ironman, a race just north of San Diego on the coast of California consisting of a 1.2 mile swim, followed by a 56 mile cycle, and finally the 13.1 mile run. Every stroke I swim, every rotation I pedal, every stride I run, will be for my grandmothers, and for everyone who has been, or is affected by this terrible disease. It will be for my mother and father, it will be for my sister and me, and for everyone who runs the genetic risk of developing Alzheimer's. Each day that we make progress towards a cure is a step towards saving lives.
And while no one can battle genetics, we CAN do things for our bodies and minds that are believed to have big impacts on fighting brain related illnesses. Hearth health is undoubtedly linked with brain health. If everyone put the same care they put into their cars, or their homes, into their BODIES, I think we could begin to battle Alzheimer's just based on lifestyle alone.
So for the next 2 months I pledge to train hard, grow my heart, and work my brain, to complete my fastest 70.3 distance in Oceanside, and all I ask from you is a donation, big or small. And if that's not something you can financially do right now, all I ask is your support. We all should be thinking about what we can do for ourselves and for our families to try to kick this thing in the ass! C'mon guys, $10,000 let's do it! I'll be posting picture updates and reaching out to family and friends individually over the next few months.. I'm sure you'll get sick of me ;) but it's worth it, well worth it.
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