Epic fundraiser in grandma’s mem­ory

Albany Extra - - Front Page - Talitha Wolfe

Five days and 400km later, Queensland ul­tra-marathon ath­lete Jamie Milne ran into Albany in sup­port of Alzheimer’s re­search on Wed­nes­day.

In hon­our of his grand­mother Mary, Milne will run 1800km solo through the South West over 15 con­sec­u­tive days.

Now in its ninth year, Many Miles for Mary will donate the money raised to the Alzheimer’s Aus­tralia De­men­tia Re­search Foun­da­tion.

Milne said he hoped to raise more than $20,000 this cam­paign.

“(Grandma) had the ear­lyon­set de­men­tia but it took 12 years un­til she passed,” he said.

“But in the early 90s, there wasn’t much ed­u­ca­tion about (de­men­tia).

“I think ed­u­cat­ing fam­i­lies and car­ers as to how you can sup­port those liv­ing with de­men­tia has come in leaps and bounds.

“The more I learn about it, the more I re­alise it’s just the sim­ple things . . . keep things sim­ple — try and ed­u­cate peo­ple to be a bit more pa­tient . . . and just love them. They are still there.”

Ac­cord­ing to Alzheimer’s WA, 69,000 peo­ple will be liv­ing with de­men­tia by 2050. Dur­ing his jour­ney, Milne has vis­ited schools and Alzheimer’s care or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing Hawthorn House.

“We are speak­ing at a few schools on the way through, and I think that all helps, cre­ates a bit of noise as to what we are do­ing,” Milne said.

“This dis­ease of for­get­ful­ness stole the one per­son in my life I never wanted to lose.

“She was a mother to me, a friend and a nur­turer.”

Visit face­book.com/many miles­for­mary/ to fol­low Milne’s jour­ney.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

En­durance run­ner Jamie Milne vis­ited Albany’s Hawthorn House as part of an 800km marathon for Alzheimer’s re­search.

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