Glenn Caffery to Finish Run Across U.S. Aug. 17; Raising Funds for Alzheimer's Research

Posted: Aug. 12, 2011

UMass Professor to Finish in Westerly, R.I.

 
Westerly, R.I.—After braving the nation’s crippling heat wave, University of Massachusetts Amherst professor and veteran distance runner Glenn Caffery is expected to arrive at his destination of Westerly, R.I., on Aug. 17 after running more than 3,200 miles to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s research.
 
Caffery began his Cure Alzheimer’s Run in Seaside, Ore., on May 19 in memory of his father, Dick Caffery, who passed away in 2002 after battling the disease for 13 years. So far, Caffery has raised about $15,000 of the $20,000 goal he set.
 
“It feels so good when someone makes a donation because then I know it’s going directly toward finding a cure,” said Caffery.
 
All of the money Caffery raises will be donated to Cure Alzheimer’s Fund™, a nonprofit organization devoted to raising money for targeted research with the highest probability of preventing, stopping or reversing Alzheimer’s disease. To donate, visit www.curealzfund.org/donate/. To learn more about Caffery’s run, visit www.alzrun.org.
 
“It is truly incredible how hard Glenn has worked to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease research,” said Tim Armour, president of Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. “With his support and the support of others, we will continue to move closer to finding a cure to this disease that has overcome so many of our loved ones.”
 
Caffery averages about 50 miles a day, using only a jogging stroller for supplies and staying with friends or people he met along the way. On July 12, Caffery stopped in Minneapolis to visit his daughter, Celia, after running nearly 2,000 miles in 55 days. He visited his other daughter, Emily, in Ann Arbor, Mich., and will make his last stop in Wallingford, Conn., on Aug. 15 to visit his mother, Dolores Caffery. He is expected to finish in Westerly, R.I., on Aug. 17.