Running to End Alzheimer's Northern KY man runs from Louisville to Frankfort in support of finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease
|Steve Schwalbach runs in honor of his late mother, Jackie Schwalbach.|
LOUISVILLE - An Alzheimer’s advocate is running 50 miles, from Louisville to Frankfort, Kentucky, to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s disease – the illness that claimed his mother’s life in 2015.
Steve Schwalbach’s journey is called “Jackie’s Run” in honor of his late mother, Jackie Schwalbach.
“She was diagnosed at 55, which is not too far off from where I am now,” he said.
So in tribute to his mother, Schwalbach, a marathoner, runs to raise money for Alzheimer’s research, care and support.
This is the sixth year and seventh iteration for “Jackie’s Run.” Schwalbach began his fundraising and awareness campaign in 2014 when he ran across the state of Kentucky and has since run in Ohio, Florida, Rhode Island, and California. To date, he has logged more than 1,200 miles and raised $65,000-$70,000 for Alzheimer’s awareness. He runs because Alzheimer’s is still a progressive and terminal brain disease without a cure. He runs because 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and more than 73,000 are right here in Kentucky.
“The biggest reason why I am doing this is that I am not a doctor or a scientist who can come up with a wonderful drug. I am just a construction worker and a runner who really wanted to make an impact on Alzheimer’s,” Schwalbach said.
Schwalbach will start this year’s trek on Monday, March 9 in St. Matthews, Louisville. He will run through Middletown, Floyds Fork, Simpsonville, Shelbyville, Peytona, Bridgeport, and finish in Frankfort around 1:30 p.m Tuesday, March 10 during an Alzheimer’s Association advocacy event. There, Alzheimer’s advocates will be waiting on the steps of the State Capitol to welcome him.
The public is invited to wish him well, or even run with him, at 8:30 a.m. on March 9 at the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter office in Louisville.
Individuals interested in learning more about his journey or donating can go to www.jackiesrun.com and people can follow his progress on Facebook at Jackie’s Run.
For more information on Alzheimer's disease, contact the Alzheimer's Association at 800.272.3900.
About the Alzheimer’s Association®
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s.
For more information, visit alz.org.