Thursday, May 20, 2010

Amy and Joan's Big Adventure

This weekend Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Centers Board of Directors’ Amy Abrams and Joan (Kallin) Tincher will be running the Fargo Marathon and Half Marathon. The pair will raise both awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and funds for our San Diego County centers.

The two veteran runners set a goal of $786, based on $20 per mile for a combined 39.3 miles. Amy will be running her 12th marathon, while Joan is entered in the half marathon along the same course. As of today, they’ve raised more than $1,200!

“Within a week of setting up the Firstgiving fundraising page, the donations started coming in and they’ve just kept coming. We didn’t realize how generous people would be,” said Amy, who is Vice President of Client Services for Elder Care Guides.

In addition to her financial goal, Amy hopes to finish Sunday’s marathon in 4:27 minutes – a figure as unique as her original fundraising target. This also is her 11th state in a quest to run a marathon in all 50 states. Joan is a longtime runner who continues to post impressive times – including, most recently, first place in her age group - in area races.

Regardless of how well they do in what at the moment is looking like very warm, windy conditions, both Amy and Joan, a geriatric nurse practitioner and case manager for Health Care Group, will certainly get some attention.

Both will be wearing “Run Naked” reflective apparel. And the back of their shirts will read: “Marathons are hard. Alzheimer’s is harder.”

Good luck to both of you on Sunday!