Walla Wallan Jacob Kaufman-Osborn plans to raise money for Alzheimer's research by running in the Marine Corps Marathon on Oct. 31. The route will take participants along a 26.2-mile route through Arlington, Va., and Washington, D.C.
"Although I've run several shorter races, this will be my first marathon," he said in an e-mail to his parents, Timothy and Sharon Kaufman-Osborn of Walla Walla. In training since June, Jacob has already racked up 250-plus miles. He's tracking his running progress at the Runkeeper website.
He wants to benefit the Alzheimer's Association in memory of grandfather Irving Kaufman, who died in July after living with Alzheimer's for many years.
Jacob said Irving ran many marathons and his favorite was the Athens Classic.
"Running a marathon and raising money for Alzheimer's research seemed the perfect way to honor his memory." The association notes that an estimated 5.4 million American citizens live with Alzheimer's and one in six Americans have a family member with the condition and one out of three Americans knows someone with Alzheimer's. On the baby boomer front, 10 million of us will develop Alzheimer's during our lives. The association said someone develops the neurological condition every 70 seconds and it's the seventh leading cause of death.
Jacob set up a donation page through the Alzheimer's Association at 2010ALZStars.kintera.org/mcm/jacobko. The Walla Walla High School graduate is currently a software engineer at SRA in Washington, D.C., and lives in Arlington, Va.
When checked on Saturday, he had raised $525 out of a goal of $1,500.
"Thank you for supporting my marathon and helping me raise money to find a cure for Alzheimer's," Jacob said.
A composition written by Norb Rossi, director of choral activities at Walla Walla High School, was used by the Portland-area Oregon Chorale.
The Chorale included "Never Seek to Tell Thy Love" by Rossi on its most recent CD "The Gift of Song -- A Showcase of Northwest Composers."
"I thought they did a marvelous job," he said in an Oct. 28 item in the online Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review.
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