The end of Alzheimer's disease starts here.
This year is a special year. All 4 Wombacher kids we will be running 26.2 miles in the Chicago Marathon with the Alz Stars in support of the Alzheimer's Association on October 10th. This is a cause that is near and dear to our families heart. This will be Hallie and Jacobs 1st ever Marathon, Chase's 3rd, and Cody's 12th marathon.
Like many of the other ALZ Runners, our family has been greatly impacted my Alzheimer's. Both our Grandma Tootie and our Great Aunt Donna were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Sadly, we lost our aunt Donna to this disease 2018 and uncle Dick, who though did not have Alzheimer's, but was a full time caretaker of my Aunt Donna. Our Aunt Donna & Uncle Dick were like grandparents to us, having no kids of their own. They spoiled us rotten and were two of the most amazing people.
Our Grandma Toot has been battling this disease for some time as well. She has always been strong and healthy, so to watch someone you love, battle this disease is truly heartbreaking. You see their life and their passions fade away from their memory.
Spending time with our Grandma Toot is the best thing in the world and always has been! She is always full of life whether its giving some pointers while playing a round of golf at Hi Point, enjoying a Busch Light in her dining room while watching the Cubs, or rolling around on the floor with the great-grandkids. Though she is not the same person she used to be, getting to see those small glimmers of her personality, feistiness & humor come out, is truly the greatest feeling in the world!
We are going the distance with the Alzheimer’s Association ALZ Stars®, a program to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Association. We are running not just for our Grandma Toot and Aunt Donna, but for all those who have been affected by this terrible disease both directly and indirectly.
Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.
We need your support to do our part! Please make a donation to help the Alzheimer's Association advance research to discover methods of prevention, treatment and ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer’s. For the millions already affected by the disease, the Association offers care, education, support and resources in communities nationwide.
Thank you in advance for your generosity – together, we can outrace Alzheimer’s disease.
If you want to come out to Chicago on October 10th and cheer us on, spectators seem to have 100x more fun than the runners (So we've heard)! All the cheering and well wishes helps more than you know!
Chase, Cody, Jacob, and Hallie