George Sotiri

George's Challenge - Six Marathons, One Mission: Find a cure for Alzheimer

Fundraising for Alzheimer's Research UK
raised of £50,000 target
by 376 supporters
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Event: London Marathon 2023, on 23 April 2023
In memory of Andrew Sotiri
We stand for everyone affected by dementia to find a cure


Thanks for checking out my page, my name is George Sotiri. 

My Story 

My fundraising story started in November 2022 when my whole world changed. My father Andrew, a pillar of strength, succumbed to a seven-year battle with Alzheimer's at the age of 65.

Witnessing someone as young as my father succumb to Alzheimer's was devastating to seeBeyond memory loss and confusion, Alzheimer's brought simple challenges like the struggle to perform everyday tasks and communicate. Failing to recognise love ones and the inability to express himself. Dad was my hero and slowly we was losing him day by day. The reality is you gradually see someone dying before your eyes and there is nothing you can do about it. 

The heartache of watching my dad, just 57, grapple with Alzheimer's is intensified by the fact that, currently, there's no cure for this relentless disease. Alzheimer's doesn't discriminate by age, and Dad's journey was a painful reminder that it can affect anyone, not just the elderly. 

It's a stark reality that, despite being one of the biggest killers in the UK, there's no cure in sight. In fact, a person develops dementia every three minutes, and Alzheimer's Research UK (ARUK) is tirelessly working to change that. With your support, we can fund groundbreaking research to find a cure and bring hope to countless families facing this heart-wrenching journey. Let's shatter the myth that Alzheimer's only impacts older individuals and join hands to make a difference.

The void left by his departure became the catalyst for a journey— a journey fueled by love, loss, and an unwavering determination to make a difference.

The London Marathon 2023: A Promise Kept:

In 2023, I pledged to run the London Marathon in my father's honor. With every step, I carried his memory, his courage, and the collective hope that, together, we could push the boundaries of what's possible in the fight against Alzheimer's. The response was beyond my wildest dreams—a surge of support and love that translated into a remarkable sum raised for Alzheimer's Research UK (ARUK).

A Marathon Becomes a Journey:

Completing that marathon wasn't an endpoint; it was a beginning. It became a beacon of light in my personal journey through grief, a journey that taught me the profound impact of collective compassion and the power of coming together for a cause larger than ourselves.

The Road to Six Marathons: My ARUK 2024 challenge 

This year, my commitment deepens. In 2024, I lace up my shoes for the Edinburgh Marathon, embarking on a challenge that will see me running six marathons in six different countries across the year, culminating with the London Marathon in 2025. The drive to continue fundraising is fuelled by a stark reality—I, a father of two, could find myself in my father's position in two decades. With no cure currently available, my mission is clear: to be as proactive as possible in h

About the charity

Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading dementia research charity. We’re striving for a cure, by revolutionising the way we treat, diagnose and prevent dementia.

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