is fundraising to honor:
my mother, Dr. Bonnie Bourne
The Longest Day is the day of the year with the most light — the summer solstice. My mother has long been my shining light and inspiration. When I was 11, our father left for California without ever looking back or sending financial help. My mother became a single mother of three overnight, trying to support us with a job as a part-time piano teacher and government help. She has always been a fighter, and while we learned to help with chores and took turns making dinner when we got home from school, she went back to school herself to obtain her masters degree in Psychology and later, a PhD in Higher Adult Education. Along the way she met my stepfather, and raised three very successful children who worship her as our hero. She has organized international conferences in Thailand, published research papers, united dysfunctional Boards through leadership training and group facilitation, and traveled the world. Today, darkness threatens again - in the form of dementia/Alzheimer's disease. Although I didn't inherit my mother's ability to play on the piano any song she hears anywhere, I can run again after suffering through a two year long injury myself. In March I will be running the New York City Half Marathon to fundraise with the hopes that we can find a cure and shine a light for others battling the darkness of this disease. Please help my mother and I fight for a cure for Alzheimers by donating on my page before Friday, March 8th. Donate a dollar or five or ten by the mile (the race is 13.1 miles) or even better, by the kilometer (21 kilometers). Every donation is welcome! We are so grateful for your support.
Today, an estimated 50 million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer's or other dementias, including more than 5 million Americans. In the United States alone, 16 million friends and family members are providing their care. We must take action now, or these numbers will continue to rise.
Stand up to the darkness of Alzheimer’s and make a donation today to help the Alzheimer's Association support all those facing the disease. Thank you! Mary B.
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