Mike's Alzheimer's Fundraising Page
I'm a producer working in television and digital production originally from Cleveland, Ohio. While living in NYC for about 6 years, i've been lucky to travel over the world and work with celebrities and nobodies to create experiences that I hope to share with everyone once my NDA expires.
Growing up I had asthma and never thought I'd be able to run a mile without stopping, let alone a full marathon. Growing up with asthma was difficult, I did not have an easy time playing fast-paced sports. My Papa, Giuseppe Columbo, taught me how to play golf when I was about 10 or 11. This became my passion and my atheletic outlet growing up. Not only did the sport teach me a lot about patience and practice, it was a special time I can remember spending with my grandfather.
My grandfather suffered from some debilitating strokes when I was a teenager, but thankfully survived. While he couldn't play golf anymore, he still was very much persistent and present in his teachings. Around 2015, he starte to develop Dementia, and then eventually Alzheimer's. The last year of his life, the disease took it's worst toll on him and he passed in February 2019.
Less than a day after his passing, I was linked up with the Alzheimer's Associations Marathon team by a friend who was looking to fill a spot, and the day after that I ended up getting into the lottery. Wanting to run a marthon was on my bucket list to do something out of my comfort zone, but this random acts of coincidence seemed to line up like fate, and has given this journey more meaning.
I really hope that you can help me out. If not for me, do it for the countless people that Alzheimer's has affected. Or just do it because you want me to stop talking about Marathon running on social media (I know, it is VERY extra.).
By participating in this event, I've committed to raising awareness and funds to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association®.
Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk and we must come together to change the course of this disease.
Please support my efforts by making a donation. All funds raised benefit the Alzheimer's Association and its work to enhance care and support programs and advance research toward methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer's disease. Thank you for joining the fight against Alzheimer’s disease!