A colleague of ours, Jason Neri, is running in the “Athletes to End Alzheimer's race”, in its second year which benefits the Delaware Alzheimer's Association and is also Jason’s second year participating in this run held in Bethany Beach, Delaware.
It’s clear that in helping others we reap more benefits than we can imagine. Although Jason says he had “never been a runner, but always wanted to run a 5k” while training for the race last year he thoroughly enjoyed it and has kept it up ever since.
As a result, he ran his first Half Marathon back in April, the Caesar Rodney Half Marathon. “The running, combined with a renewed effort in the gym, and better eating has even led to me not having to take cholesterol medication anymore.” Jason has a passion for this run and for raising money for the Delaware Alzheimer’s Association. Through his participation in the run, Jason has learned about many other local organizations that are doing good work to benefit those with this disease.
This is an effort close to Jason’s heart, in that his mother currently has Alzheimer’s Disease and his maternal aunt and grandmother, both died of the disease. He, as well as countless others would like to see an end to Alzheimer's. This is a horrible disease that affects an estimated 5.1 million people with the rates increasing more every day. Jason feels that looking at these statistics, and prognosis is a scary one as stated in this quote from the Alzheimer’s Association website , “Alzheimer’s is the only top 10 cause of death without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression.” Their website provides a vast amount of information about the disease.
The first race was born in 2015, had over 700 people and $18,000 was raised. This year, there will be more participants, with a goal of over $25,000. Last year Jason alone raised $700.00 and this year is on target to raise $1000 through his own efforts. He continues to reach out to family, friends, and co-workers with this link directly to his fundraising page.
We are proud of Jason in his efforts to make a difference. You can learn more and make a donation here, Please help support our friend Jason and his family who have been directly affected by Alzheimer’s.
Jason finished his 5k for Alzheimer's at 25:38, a full 5 minutes faster than his time last year. He also raised over $1,200 too! Woohoo! Great job Jason!