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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Fort Thomas Resident Still Running to Cure Alzheimer's

Schwalbach Running on Longest Day

Steve Schwalbach, a 1985 Highlands alum, is running from Dayton (Ohio) to downtown Cincinnati this Saturday in his annual Jackie's Run to raise money for research of Alzheimer's Disease.
Steve Schwalbach has seen his share of friends and family affected by Alzheimer's Disease or other forms of Dementia.

The 1985 Highlands alum continues saw his mother Jackie pass away from it in 2015. He also mentioned 1968 graduate Clem Fennell, III, who received the diagnosis of Dementia in 2007 and passed away from it in 2016. Fennell, III was a friend of the family.

Schwalbach, 51, will once again partake in "Jackie's Run" to raise more money for research of the diseases. The Alzheimer's Association says Alzheimer's is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. The association also says someone gets diagnosed with Alzheimer's every 65 seconds.

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"I hope one day we can find a cure for Alzheimer's so I don't have to do this," Schwalbach said. "That's the main goal and to bring awareness to Alzheimer's. I have a good friend of mine who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. He's in Florida right now. He's only 46 old and it's very sad to see each and every day these patients with Alzheimer's. This is the least I could do. You can be diagnosed as early as the 40s."

Schwalbach will begin running at Riverscape Metro Park in Dayton, Ohio then finish the journey at Alzheimer Garden in Smale Park in between Paul Brown Stadium and Great American Ballpark at 8 p.m. The 20-hour run will cover 85 miles. Schwalbach said he will stop every four to five miles to grab water, a nutrition bar and a Subway sandwich. He also said a crew will join him mostly one or two runners.

"I wanted to do something for the Longest Day event here in Cincinnati," Schwalbach said. "If I do well, I am not closing the door for another state this year, but it will be a smaller size. Alaska is not on my mind."

Schwalbach began the foundation in 2014 running up US 27 from Pine Knot, Kentucky near the Tennessee line in McCreary County 210 miles to Fort Thomas. He ran from Cleveland (Ohio) 328 miles to Fort Thomas and across Florida from Daytona Beach to Longboat Key in 2016 and across California from Lake Tahoe, Nevada 230 miles to San Francisco. He ran those trips 25 to 40 miles a day in a week. Also in 2016, Schwalbach ran 60 miles across Rhode Island in one day.

Schwalbach does a lot of training to maintain the endurance between the big runs. He participates in eight to 10 marathons (26.2 miles) per year. That includes the Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati.

Schwalbach's goal is to raise $1,000 this year. He has raised $865 so far. He raised more than $15,000 in his first run in 2014.

Schwalbach has been running for a while. He helped the Highlands cross country team win the Class AA state championship in 1983.

To give to his campaign, go to this website:

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