Thanksgiving is a special time for family to gather and spend meaningful time together. This year’s Thanksgiving Turkey Trot in Detroit will have special meaning for one runner.
Thanksgiving Day 2005, marked a turning point for Brad Kloha’s grandmother.
She was in the middle of what would turn out to be a 13 year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. On Thanksgiving day, her memory failed her when she left a pot boiling on the stove, and her house burned down.
Kloha says he lost both his grandmother and great-grandmother to Alzheimer’s disease.
Combining his passion for running with his desire to raise awareness, he’s started what he calls his Run To Remember initiative.
Kloha, who works at Central Michigan Univeristy says, “I came up with the idea of racing a multitude of events to try to raise a certain amount of money and throughout that drive it turned from 50 races in a year, and thinking eh that just doesn’t sound like enough, so I decided to eventually to do 100 races in 52 weeks to raise a million dollars for the Alzheimer’s Association.”
The Detroit Turkey Trot is Kloha’s 50th race. He’s marking the halfway point to his goal on the same holiday that his grandmother had the difficult recognition of her Alzheimer’s disease all those years ago.
While Kloha says the races have taken a toll on his body, he says he’s hopeful that his initiative will help create greater awareness and impact finding a cure for Alzheimer’s.
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