Mount Albert Ponsonby first teamer Josh Moody plans to complete the Tawera Ultramarathon 100 Miler to raise money and awareness for Alzheimers NZ.
Moody (27) has entered the event on Saturday February 11, 2023, to honour his father, Ian, who died last year, aged 62.
Ian Moody was 58 when he was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimers.
To raise money for the charity, Moody has set up a Givealittle page which explains his motivation.
“Dad’s Alzheimer’s Disease had a massive impact on the life he lived and the way we could live life with him.
“It took him from home to a care facility, care facility to hospital, and finally from hospital into palliative care.
“Dad fought a tough and noble battle before passing peacefully in November … we all loved and still miss him so so much.
“Regardless of what he did, he did it with joy, happiness, commitment, and lived as full of a life as possible, with or without illness.
“In honour of my Dad, I have remained committed to running the Tarawera Ultramarathon 100 Miler. The 2022 event got cancelled but it’ll all be going ahead in 2023. The training’s been going well and the event’s creeping up on me now.”
Main photo: A way to honour the late Ian Moody (left).
About Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)
About 70,000 New Zealanders are living with dementia today, and about 60% of them are suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease (AD).
AD is a neurological disorder that will lead the brain to atrophy and become smaller. It will break down memory and cognitive ability, and will broadly limit the capacity to go about day-to-day life.
There is no current cure for AD, but there is a lot that can be done to help those affected and their surrounding communities.
Alzheimers NZ provide a lot of great information on AD, how you can support the people in need, and how you can get support if needed.
They work to raise awareness, advocate for high-quality support, and promote research about prevention, treatment, cure, and care.