I was a marathon runner in the 1970s but had to take a “slight,” 25-year hiatus following knee surgery. My weight soared to 265 pounds, though I considered myself a happy couch potato.
That changed when Paul, my brother-in-law, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and passed away in 2001 at the age of 58. At first, I couldn’t even finish the six-mile Memory Walk, so I worked myself into shape to run the Chicago Marathon and raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association. I’ve raised over $35,000 over the last 3.5 years.
Despite setbacks such as kidney surgery and an aging body (I’m 61), I’m now down to 175 pounds. I continue to train and will run the Chicago Marathon for the fourth year in a row in 2007, raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Association as a member of the Alzheimer's Association Team CARE (Conquering Alzheimer's Running Endeavor).