To raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and honor those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, we are tackling an endurance challenge that few Torontons have ever attempted.
Stephanie Fauquier plans to swim, bike and run more than 500 kilometers from May to September to fight Alzheimer’s disease. This equates to one race almost every week, and she participates in her one race in each province of Canada.
In the process, Fauquier aims to raise $250,000 to support Alzheimer’s research at the University of Toronto’s Tanz Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center as part of a “Race with Steph” campaign.
Her sporting achievements will pay tribute to her mother, Robin McLeod, who was diagnosed with aphasia, a possible early sign of Alzheimer’s disease. Over the past 18 months, her condition has progressed to Alzheimer’s disease.
A world-renowned surgeon specializing in general surgery and colorectal cancer, Mr. McLeod is a recipient of the Order of Canada and has received several fellowships and awards for teaching surgical skills and supporting women in the surgical field. Awarded.
Fauquier has been running around the country in a tie-dye blue suit with a photo of her mother’s Order of Canada and a picture of the two together.
Her campaign is driven by her mother.
“She’s been a really great parent,” Ms. Fauquier told CTV’s Your Morning on Tuesday. “She instilled in me the feeling that I can achieve anything I set my mind to…she will achieve what she is going to do this summer and she won’t do it for her. It was inconceivable.”
Fauquier has completed 10 triathlons, but never in one season. So far in her season, she has completed triathlons in British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Fauquier is only halfway to his running goal and is just $13,000 away from reaching his fundraising goal.
“It’s really amazing to see Canadians rallying behind us,” she said. “We have created an endowment fund in my mother’s name so that we can continue to contribute to Alzheimer’s research.”
But Fauquier’s campaign goes beyond fundraising. She hopes her campaign will also raise her awareness about Alzheimer’s disease.
“Alzheimer’s is a disease we don’t talk about enough. I hope we get more recognition, support and love,” she said.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association of Canada, 597,300 people in Canada will be reported to have Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia in 2020, and more than 950,000 people will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease by 2030 It is
Fauquier has five triathlons remaining this summer, the last being the Barrelman 70.3 at Niagara Falls on September 17th. The races include his two half-Ironman competitions, two traditional triathlons and six sprint competitions.
To hear the full interview, click the video at the top of this article.