Steve lives in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, works in construction and has been involved with the Alzheimer’s Association for seven years.
In what way(s) do you volunteer?
I am an advocate and in tribute to my mother, Jackie Schwalbach, I run to raise awareness of the disease and money for Alzheimer’s research, care and support.
Why do you support the Association? How has Alzheimer’s disease personally affected you?
My mother was diagnosed at 55, which is not too far off from where I am now, and lived with the disease for 15 years. I am not a doctor or a scientist who can come up with a wonderful drug. I am just a construction worker and a marathon runner who really wants to make an impact.
What impact do you feel your work with the Alzheimer’s Association has on the community?
I began my fundraising and awareness campaign in 2014 when I ran across the state of Kentucky and have since run in Ohio, Florida, Rhode Island, and California. To date, I have logged more than 1,250 miles and raised $65,000-$70,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association. I even dedicated a water fountain in my town to honor my mother.
Why would you encourage others to support the Association?
Because Alzheimer’s is still the 6th leading cause of death. Because it is a progressive and terminal brain disease without a cure. Because over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and more than 75,000 are right here in Kentucky.
Is there anything else you would like us to include or know about you?
Be on the lookout for the next Jackie’s Run!