This Man Runs Two Marathons Daily For Alzheimer’s Victims

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David Merpaw is the man that runs daily to raise $5,000 for the people living with Alzheimer’s. He struggles to touch the 1,800 km target, starting from Hamilton city. Meaning that his daily life consists of two marathons per day. 

Even his family members didn’t encounter the chronic memory loss, he could notice the “devastating” effects on his friend’s father. He thinks back to the shocking episodes when the loving parent no longer recognized his children.

Is He Ever Stopping From Running?

He will make some major breaks during his race, in Toronto, Peterborough, Kingston, Ottawa, and Montreal. The whole trip is scheduled to last two weeks, including the time spend to visit the cities and chat with members from each city’s Alzheimer’s society. Tuesday, he met the Hamilton’s Alzheimer’s Society staff where he was moved to tears by their stories about the cruel disease.

Alzheimer’s disease affects a lot of Canadians. Either themselves or their family, [have] a parent or love one suffering from the disease, I just wanted to give back.

The Alzheimer Society of KFL&A affirms that the Canadians faces 25,000 new cases of Alzheimer every year. They expect a bigger rate in 2030, with over 10,000 diseased inhabitants of Canada.

Previously, in 2017 he ran from Kingston to Cornwall in almost 24 hours, which brought to charity $3,500. In the day of Canada celebration, he completed 150 km swimming from Deep River to Ottawa. In 2015 he followed another swimming route, passing the St. Lawrence River from Kingston to Montreal.

How Does He Make These Incredible Physical Efforts?

He has some tips for the long-runners: ignore the kilometers ahead and think only of the covered distance to your goal. Also, to preserve energy, try to slow down, get rid of the tense, breathe one minute through your nose and start all over for 10 minutes. The positive attitude is essential, and Merpaw says that he puts a smile on his face when the dark clouds are coming above his head.

You can also fight against Alzheimer’s donating here.

 

Shawn and his wife live remotely in a 880-square-foot cabin along with their three dogs. They implemented many of the things they learned from the internet and trial and error. They have been helped by so many contributors over the years and desire to now return the favor to other Canadian Homsteading readers. They heat with a woodstove and cut firewood by hand from their 11 acres. They went back to the land and are essentially do-it-yourself people.


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