Running For Papa – 30 Days to Go!


Dear Friends,

With 30 days remaining and $44,000 contributed, I thank you for every dollar raised so far. WE NEED YOUR HELP to reach our goal of $50,000! As “Papa” has always selflessly and willingly offered his time and care to children over the past 50+ years,  this is our opportunity to give back!

We want to take this opportunity to update you on the Run4Papa campaign to raise funds for Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA) research.  As you may know, I am running the Great Wall of China Marathon on behalf of his grandfather, Dr. Louis “Papa” Heyman, and EVERYONE who is battling PPA. PPA is a form of dementia wherein people lose the ability to communicate and comprehend language over time.

Over the past 300 days, I have been training and running races in 9 different states, from the sunset cliffs in San Diego to the mountains in Denver through our nation’s Capital and in water along the lakes of Michigan. All these roads are leading him to the Great Wall of China. He has run 5K’s, 8K’s, 10K’s, Half Marathons, Mud Runs, and even a Tower Race where he Hustled up the Hancock(climbing 94 Flights of stairs). Jason’s unorthodox training methods have logged him over 500 miles for THE CAUSE.

As a result of this extraordinary journey, I ran side-by-side with and has been endorsed by the most prolific American Marathoner in history, Bill Rodgers, 4-time winner of the NYC and Boston Marathons. He has partnered with the #1 PPA research faciilty in the world –Northwestern University’s Cognitive Neurolgy and Alzheimer’s Disease Center — and is supported by the man who first identified PPA, Dr. Marsel Mesulam.

This campaign has had a local, national and international impact on patients and families around the world. We have received over 1,000 individual contributions from California to Florida as well as from the UK to New Zealand. On top of that, sponsors continue to join Run4Papa in an ongoing effort to create awareness of this debilitating disease.

100% of ALL donations will go directly to fund research and are fully tax-deductible.



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“I can probably say no one in the world has done so much to bring awareness to PPA research as you have done in the last 5 months.”     – Kevin Connolly, Northwestern CNADC employee, Chicago, IL

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