My 26 Weeks of Constant Soreness
Like the some of the greats that have come before us...we've been knocked down, but we are coming back stronger, wiser, and (maybe) faster. While everyone was home dealing with their own struggles during this pandemic, some may have missed the news that the 2020 Chicago Marathon was cancelled. Along with this cancellation, I was given the opportunity to defer my participation to the 2021 race, and that is exactly what I have done.
As the world gets back to normal, I can finally feel comfortable to once again ask you to grab that rusty crow bar in the corner of the garage and GIVE ME YOUR MONEY! Okay well not specifically me, but to the Alzheimer's Association...through me.
I was over half way to my fundraising goal last year when our world was stopped in its tracks because of the pandemic. And now I beg you to help me pick up right where I left off. Below is my early 2020 write up from a very naive Bradly, with a few edits. I hope you enjoy and thank you for your generosity.
If you've made it all the way to this web page, you probably know what this is all about, but for those of you who accidentally clicked on this link and found yourselves actually reading this rant, here is what I've got for you!
Lets not beat around the bush, I want your money. And I want it BAD!
For those of you who have been keeping up on my life over the past few years, I am extremely impressed! With very little social media presence, you must really care about me to know what's been going on in the life of Bradly *blushes slightly*. For the people who don't know, it's been a little bit of a roller coaster with me moving to St. Louis for 7 months, moving back to Madison to finish school, undertaking the age old battle of man versus machine and winning (ish), graduating, getting an adult job, moving to Oconomowoc, meeting a girl (shout-out Becky C), buying a house in West Allis, moving in with aformentioned girl in aformentioned house, and recently growing a beard! But the one consistant thing I have been able to find in my life has been running.
Over the past four years I have had the opportunity to run, and finish, three marathons. As I finished the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon October 2019, I knew that if I were going to continue to do this, I was going to want to make these races matter to more than just me. I was ready for something bigger.
This year, as I train for the Chicago Marathon on October 10th, I will be collecting money to donate to the Alzheimer's Association. I won't go into any sappy stories about how Alzheimer's has affected those very close to me because that's just not my style. But I am willing to bet 4 hours of my running agony on the fact that Alzheimer's has affected someone in your life too. This disease is one of the cruelest diseases for not only those diagnosed, but the ones closest to them as well.
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. Every little bit of support that I can get for this run will help those currently diagnosed, as well as those who will inevitably be diagnosed in the future. For just the cost of a cup of coffee, or that Friday night last round you probably don't need...you could be helping find the cure to this disgusting disease.
All funds I raise 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!
A HUGE shout-out to the folks listed below who have already helped me get to where I am in my fundraising goal. Unfortunately becuase the race was cancelled, I was forced to create a new fundraising page and all their generous donations were lumped into one anonomous donation on the new page. And it's really hard to brag when you give anonomously.
Jean and Phil Sternig
Pat and Patty Crain
Chris and Kris Calhoun
Anne and Joe Baki
Kathy and Scott Boelter
Ken & Fran Sternig/McGrath
Greg and Danielle Calhoun
Jill and Chris Radi