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Samantha Wedge

Wedgie is running the LONDON MARATHON

running a whole 26 miles for Alzheimer's Research UK because sadly my grandma passed away from Alzheimers

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  • In memory of: Pam Wedge
  • Event: Virgin London Marathon 2016, 24 Apr 2016

Alzheimer's Research UK

We fund world-class scientific research to make breakthroughs possible

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I am running the London Marathon in memory of my Grandmother, who sadly passed away with Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia. The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that can include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. As you can imagine, it is heart-breaking to see a member of your family lose the ability to do the simple things in life; such as make a cup of tea or laying the table for dinner. These examples can be seen in the earlier stages of dementia. As the disease progresses, their memory loss becomes more frequent and issues with communication, reasoning and orientation become more severe. Day-to-day support is required from those who care for them, which is
normally close family members. I cannot explain how upsetting it is to witness this disease, slowly take over someone’s life. Especially when that day comes – when they no longer recognise you. It is important that we find a cure for Alzheimer’s or at least delay the onset. I also think it’s' paramount that those caring for their loved ones receive the support and guidance they require. This is why I am running for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

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