Moments after completing the NYC Marathon, I was walking with my brother from Central Park back to the apartment to take an ice bath. He said, “I want to tell you something, but I am afraid you will actually do it.” Naturally, my curiosity piqued! He had recently returned from China where a friend of his mentioned running a half marathon on the Great Wall. My brother spoke of a full marathon but didn’t know all the details. As the weeks passed, I diligently read, researched and watched video of the surreal Great Wall of China Marathon and was inspired to run for something far more important than challenging myself. I wanted to do something extraordinary and dementia research was the catalyst.
No. None of your donations go to cover any of my own costs to travel or run races around the globe. 100% of all contributions go to fund dementia research at Northwestern Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center. When I travel or run races, I fund all of these expenses because I believe 100% of your donation should go to fund research and nothing else.
While my Papa passed away in September of 2013, he loved the idea of R4P! When I explained the concept and goals behind this initiative, he had a very large smile on his face. He carefully proofread his bio and gave the site his official approval. I know he is happy, proud and honored to have the opportunity to be part of something special that will undoubtedly help other patients and families fight this disease by raising awareness and funds for dementia research on a global stage.
They are one of the premiere research centers in the world dealing with dementia and Dr. Marsel Mesulam, the physician who first identified Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA), is the director Northwestern Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center.
Yes! ALL donations are fully tax deductible. Northwestern CNADC is a non-profit organization recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax exempt charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code.
Yes, I have run 10 marathons in my life: London Marathon in 2000, New York City Marathon in 2010, Great Wall of China Marathon in 2012, Boston Marathon in 2013, the Big 5 Marathon in South Africa in 2013 on an open animal reserve, the 2014 Boston Marathon, the 2014 Rio Marathon, the 2015 Outback Marathon. the 2015 Chicago Marathon, the 2016 Antarctica Marathon and the 2016 Athens Marathon in Greece.
I will be running #10for10 - 10 half marathons in 10 different states and finishing up at the 2017 Berlin Marathon in September! Here are the list of R4P races and locations for 2017: February 15-26 - Gasparilla Distance Classic (Tampa Bay, FL) - 5k, 8K, 15k and Half Marathon; April 30th - Oklahoma City Half Marathon (Oklahoma City, OK); May - The Flying Pig Half Marathon (Cincinnati, OH, 6th), Buffalo Half Marathon (Buffalo NY, 28th); June 3rd - Virginia Wine Country Half (Loundin County VA); July - Old Port Half Marathon (Portland Maine, 8th), Mad Half Marathon (Waitsfield, Vermont, 9th) ; September - Philadelphia Rock 'N Roll Half Marathon(16-17), Berlin Marathon (Berlin, Germany, 24th); October 15th - Detroit Press Press Half Marathon (International) Detroit/Canada International, MI; November 4-5 - Savanah Rock 'N Roll Half Marathon(Savanah, GA)
$250,000 million dollars from my supporters and the team at Northwestern. This amount is what we hope to accomplish to kick off the fundraising for a state of the art research facility at Northwestern University Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center. This new facility would increase our current space form 5,000 square feet to 10,000 square feet, bring in more doctors, researchers and clinicians, reduce the wait time by months for patients and their caregivers, and allow the experts to conduct more clinical trials and studies in hopes of providing better treatment and potentially cures to fight against dementia. This is an attainable goal to reach in and we hope to deliver this gift to families with your generous support. Every contribution counts and with your help, we successfully achieved this goal!
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Yes! If you prefer to donate by mail, please make the check out to Northwestern – CNADC with Memo: Run4Papa and send to the below address: Northwestern University CNADC Attn: Kevin Connolly 320 E. Superior Searle 11-453 Chicago, IL 60611 All donations are fully tax-deductible.