News - 1st March 2023

Michael supports dementia research to mark 100th parkrun


Brockenhurst parkrunner Michael McCabe made reaching the 100 parkruns milestone even more special by raising funds for dementia research.


The grandfather-of-four chose to support parkrun’s official charity partner in honour of his wife, Susan, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2020.


Michael said: “I love running. I’ve had a life-threatening illness in recent years, which has stopped me from running marathons, but parkruns are perfect for me and Susan has completed five parkwalks too.


“Dementia is tough. It has completely changed both Susan’s and my life from our expectations of early retirement. Alzheimer’s is relentless and I’m now having to care for her. There’s no treatment to stop its progression.


“That’s why I’m supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK as we need more investment in research if we are going to find treatments and eventually a cure. I want Alzheimer’s confined to history.”


The former University of Portsmouth lecturer usually joins the Brockenhurst parkrun in the New Forest but he has completed many others around the country among his 100. As well as running in all weathers to support dementia research, for every pound Michael raises he will donate a £1 of his own money to double his fundraising total.


You can sponsor Michael here.


If you’d like to take on your own challenge for Alzheimer’s Research UK, check out the fundraising section on the charity’s website.

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