Feet for Brains
Patrick Toon is a runner based in Queens, New York City.
He has raced through deserts, up mountains and even the stairwells of the Empire State Building in New York City. In 2022, he set a personal challenge to celebrate the perseverance of his father, Dan, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2018. For every dollar Patrick raises for Cure Alzheimer’s Fund he will run one mile in honor of Dan. His goal was to raise $2,000 and run 2000 miles by April 17th, 2023 when he ran the Boston Marathon.
Sadly, Dan passed just days before the race. “This one’s for Dan,” he wrote. Patrick ran the 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Copley Square and crossed the finish line at 3:15, completing a yearlong journey and raising more than $4,000 for CureAlz.
“With his wife, Bev, by his side, my dad faced this situation with courage, humor and optimism and though this disease made each new day more difficult than the last, he just kept going forward, step by step; he was unstoppable!”