SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) – A distance runner is on the journey of a lifetime, traveling through Michigan on a cross-country trek to raise money for Alzheimer’s research.
Glenn Caffery says it’s been tough logging in the 15 to 16 hour days on his 3,000-mile trek cross county. With the heat, he has to eat 7,000 calories a day, which isn’t as fun as it sounds.
“It’s so discouraging to have your favorite foods in front of you and have absolutely no interest in eating them,” Caffery told WWJ Newsradio 950′s Sandra McNeil.
Caffery’s goal is to raise $20,000 for research into Alzheimer’s. “I’m really very overwhelmed and moved by how generous people have been. I think what I’m learning about myself is not being so judgmental of other people, like looking at other people as allies and helpers and friends,” he said.
Caffery said his journey has been nothing compared to what his father went through with Alzheimer’s disease. “Millions of people have Alzheimer’s right now, and yet they manage to cope as best they can, and so I there’s also a triumph is spite of hoe devastating the disease is.”
Caffery’s run ends next month in Rhode Island.