Former Lobo To Run Boston Marathon To Raise Money For New Mexico Chapter Of Alzheimer’s Association

by Reporter / Mar 07, 2019 / 0 comments

Former Lobo To Run Boston Marathon To Raise Money For New Mexico Chapter Of Alzheimer’s Association

ALBUQUERQUE ― Albuquerque resident and former Lobo football player Ryan Mummert has announced he will run the Boston Marathon April 15 as a fundraiser to benefit the New Mexico Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

After losing a family member to Alzheimer’s disease in 2016, Mummert says he will use this opportunity to raise money and awareness to combat the devastating disease.

For Mummert, a youth football coach and former offensive lineman for the UNM Lobos, his wife Brandi and teenage sons William and Brayden, dedicating his 2019 Boston Marathon efforts to the New Mexico Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association holds deep personal significance.

When Brandi’s grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, they experienced first-hand the devastating impact the disease has on families. “I watched as our family felt helpless and struggled to know what to do,” recalls Mummert. “It’s important to know the local resources that can help friends and families affected by Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter provided caregiver training to my wife’s parents and grandmother; as well as information on other helpful resources, like respite care.”

By running the 2019 Boston Marathon to raise money for the New Mexico Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, Mummert hopes to both increase awareness in the state and to help the chapter continue providing free support services for New Mexico families dealing with the disease. Alzheimer’s takes a devastating toll – not just on those with the disease, but on entire families. Currently, 41,000 New Mexicans suffer with Alzheimer’s; and 108,000 family members serve as their unpaid caregivers.

Mummert, who is already actively fundraising toward his goal, has been rigorously training in preparation for the marathon and posting his progress on social media.  He invites New Mexicans concerned about the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease on the state to follow him at his various sites. For social media: facebook.com/ryan.mummert or by using the hashtag: #RyanRuns4Alz.  His website is found at http://act.alz.org/goto/RyanRuns4Alz.

“There is no need to feel helpless and lost,” says Mummert, “we can all do something.” Those who wish to support Ryan and his journey may do so at http://act.alz.org/goto/RyanRuns4Alz .

Endeavors like Mummert’s are important because the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease is growing – and growing fast.  Today, 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including an estimated 200,000 under the age of 65. By 2050, the total number is expected to rise to 14 million.  It is the 6th leading cause of death in the USA*.

Currently, there is no prevention, proven treatment or cure for Alzheimer’s.

The Alzheimer's Association is the largest and most impactful nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's and dementia science in the world. Currently, the Association's active investment in research totals nearly $110 million in 19 countries.

Cognitive Decline is a strong indicator of future dementia, and according to figures released by the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, it is a growing burden in New Mexico.  As of 2016, 12.5 percent (or 1 in every 8) New Mexicans 45 and older report confusion or memory loss happening more often or getting worse (“subjective cognitive decline”); 33% of those with memory problems live alone, and for those with worsening memory problems, 58.2 percent say it has created “functional difficulties”. Nearly 54% of those with memory problems have not spoken to their doctor or healthcare professional about it. If you feel like you may be experiencing memory issues, speak with your doctor about it.

If you need help, call us. Our 24/7 Helpline is available any time, day or night for support or information at 1.(800).272.3900.

The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter offers many free services and resources to caregivers and families facing the disease: support groups, care consultations, respite, educational presentations, safety programs, information and referral and more.

We have five branch offices in the state: Albuquerque (Main Office), Santa Fe (Northeastern New Mexico), Farmington (Northwestern New Mexico), Roswell (Southeastern New Mexico) and Las Cruces (Southwestern New Mexico). All offices may be contacted by calling 1.(800).272.3900.

*Source for all statistics: The 2019 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report at www.alz.org/facts.

 

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