is fundraising to honor:
I'm humbled to share my mom's personal story with Alzheimer's/Dementia.
To us... she was "corn pie" or "ma flook"...one of the best in our eyes.
A fierce and loving daughter, sister, friend, wife, mother and grandmother.
She was smart , worked in a bank for 7 years, an extremely active and fun-loving caribbean girl who grew up in the beautiful island of Barbados in the 1920's-50's. She met and married my Dad and they both began their love adventure travelling all over the world!
She played tennis, net-ball (Australian form of Basketball), rode horses, couldn't swim- but saved and bought a little row boat so she could be around her friends.
She was a lover of life , of people and of everything joyful!
When she was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia , it was so difficult to comprehend..it is still unimaginable that she didn't get to see the many weddings, births and life events of her kids and grandkids...she was the FIRE in all of its complexities that made us a family ....and after my Dad died in his 50's and left her a widow in the prime of her life, she was determined to go on ..she went back to school, got a degree in business, got a job and kept her her spirits up for us and fought to be happy!
An avid athlete to the end...she so loved her morning walks...and on rainy days , she would walk up and down her stairs for 15 mins way into her early 80's!
I have inherited her passion for the outdoors.
As her youngest and only daughter,
I played tennis in college and am an avid runner and marathoner. I have also completed the NYC marathon 5 times since she passed away in 2015 -and have fundraised for ALZ ever since!! I have thought of her every time I have crossed that finish line-her spirit lives in my heart :)
This is why I am so committed to joining all of us on the Longest Day, to do all I can to fundraise for a cure for Alzheimer's Dementia in honor of my "feisty" mom.
During the initial months of COVID, my family and I kept hearing how challenging it must be for families! How could they possibly be coping?? It was difficult enough without a pandemic!!
I wondered if there was someone like me out there that just needed a lifeline, financial help and just something to allow them to simply take a break.. to go outside and clear their thoughts!!
So I decided to create a VIRTUAL RACE-RUN26.2TOEND ALZ -A RACE CHALLENGE.
You can walk or run 26.2 miles -ending on THE LONGEST DAY. June 20.
I'm also trying to work with several marathons in the area to add The Longest Day to their websites for fundraising opportunities.
I'm committed to helping and offering anything I can do to help others navigating this very rough time.
I am with you all in spirit...and so is "corn" pie :)
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