Mark Applegate

is fundraising to honor:

my mom and my uncle.

Fundraising Progress

Mr. Mark A Applegate
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Solstice Champion

I am


to fight Alzheimer's

My Story

Frisco Highline Trail, a beautiful 37.5+ mile trail from Bolivar, Missouri to Springfield, Missouri. For athletic types that is hard enough, but doable. I mean, it is the rough equivalent to a marathon, then a 10k then a 5k.  For me, it will be much harder. I am NOT even close to being an athlete. I am a computer nerd, a writer, and a proud dad-bod owner to the extreme!  One year ago I was over 360 pounds but recently have lost over 100 pounds on Weight Watchers (WW) in preparing for this day. I have recently taken back up running and am training nearly every day as best I can figure out how. I am taking donations for these two organizations that I love in honor of my run.  Will I make it? Will a snake bite me or a bigfoot haul me off into the forest? Will I turn purple in the process? We shall see... I will share video (live and otherwise) and lots of event pictures and will share my progress from my tracker.

Why this cause? Why dementia?? 

10+ years ago, at only 65 years old, my mom was diagnosed with what the doctor called "a mild form of dementia".  We didn't know much about the disease at the time and were concerned...but things stayed stable for 5-6 years as best we could see. The topic kind of fell off the radar. Honestly, we had no excuse. Our grandma on the same side of the family had the disease. My mom's brother also developed the disease as well.  But we trotted on in relative ignorance...

Then about 3-4 years ago, things took a turn for the (much) worse. It came to a head one day when we were joking around about parenting and I asked mom to show my kids how she used to sound when she would call me in to get in trouble... "You know...Mark. Allen. Applegate!!!, you get your rear in here right this minute!!!". We all use that little phrasing to express anger and urgency in parenting. It is a parenting 101, right?!?!.  ;)  Well, mom refused even though she is and always has been a good sport. When pressed jokingly, then a bit more urgently, we figured out why she wouldn't? She couldn't remember my name. The trajectory continued downward and within months she, in order to be kept safe from wandering and harm in her home, had to become a resident of a local nursing home memory unit.  
We were able to visit mom most every day and got to know and love many who have dementia among other conditions. The memory unit squad I refer to as "The Sweet 17" were the 17 ladies with whom my mom shared a hall.  I have written extensively about my mom and them in my blog found at Then came COVID-19. :(  Now with COVID-19 we are nearly a year removed from regular, face-to-face visits...but we are still doing what we can. My mom has been under hospice care for over a year now, but she is still fighting!! Can I do any less? 

I chose this date...the eve of the "Longest Day" of the year because it is the date of the Alzheimer's Association's second biggest fundraiser. I chose the event itself for 2 reasons: 1. Mom loves nature/outdoors, long walks, and adventure. 2. Mom loves to support the underdog. The one who people say can't do it. 

I chose the goal amount of $5280 because mom always used to joke when I asked how old she was that she was 5280. (She also used that number for any answer that needed a number all the way until she became non-verbal. It seems her science/math teachers did well in helping etch that one in her memory...and she loved it.) Note: my goal is $2640 for the Alzheimer's Association and $2640 for SeniorAge. 

Please stand up to the darkness of Alzheimer’s and make a donation today to help the Alzheimer's Association and SeniorAge support all those facing the disease.  To learn more about these wonderful groups, visit their websites at and We WILL beat this thing and finally #EndALZ, or we'll go purple trying!!! 

Donation Note: If you donate on this page's link, 100% of the proceeds goes to the Alzheimer's Association. If you prefer to donate to both 50/50 (my plan), please donate through my GoFundMe link found at this page:

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