Sean's story for why I am running the Chicago Marathon for ALZ Stars
My mother-in-law, Marilyn Sherfey died on February 28, 2021 after a 7 year battle with vascular dementia. My father-in-law, Chuck Sherfey died a little over 9 months later on 12-4-21after a 2 year battle with Lewy body dementia.
My in-laws have had a significant impact on my life and I want to honor them by raising money for ALZ Stars by running the Chicago Marathon. I have seen first hand the devastating impact these diseases have on the mind and body. I have seen and felt the emotional impact this has on families with a loved one diagnosed with some form of dementia. I would never want anyone to go through the pain of losing parents to the slow and agonizing progression of dementia like I saw happen to my wife, Sage, and my brother-in-law, Brad with their parents.
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 6 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease and that number is expected to grow to nearly 13 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!