Two brothers from Redditch, Jordan Adams, 28, and Cian Adams, 23, are embarking on an incredible journey to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK. The siblings have inherited a rare faulty gene that increases their risk of developing frontotemporal dementia (FTD) in their 40s. Their mother, Geraldine, who was also a carrier of the gene, sadly passed away from the condition in 2016. Determined to make a difference, Jordan and Cian will be running the London Marathon in April and then undertaking the challenging task of running the entire length of the UK from John o’ Groats to Land’s End in September.
Frontotemporal dementia is a less common form of dementia that primarily affects behavior and language. The brothers discovered their genetic predisposition to the disease in 2010 when their mother received her diagnosis. Jordan, who found out he was a carrier in 2018, bravely shared his perspective on the situation, acknowledging the challenges they face but also emphasizing the importance of raising awareness and supporting research for a cure.
The brothers will be running as part of Sue’s Crew, a team named in honor of Sue Strachan, a remarkable individual from Herefordshire who has vascular dementia (VD). Despite her own diagnosis, Sue has dedicated herself to raising funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK and completed the London Marathon herself at the age of 62 in 2018. The Adams brothers will be joining her in the mission to make a difference and raise vital funds for research.
Their journey will begin with the London Marathon, where they will run alongside Sue and other members of Sue’s Crew. The race will serve as a powerful platform to raise awareness about dementia and the urgent need for research funding. Following this, in September, they will embark on their John o’ Groats to Land’s End challenge, covering the entire length of the UK. This physically demanding journey will test their endurance and determination, but their motivation to support Alzheimer’s Research UK and find a cure for dementia will keep them going.
The funds raised by Jordan and Cian’s runs will go directly to Alzheimer’s Research UK, a charity dedicated to funding research projects and initiatives aimed at understanding, preventing, and treating dementia. Their efforts will contribute to the ongoing fight against dementia, providing hope for future generations and offering support to those currently living with the condition.
The Adams brothers’ incredible journey is a testament to their resilience, strength, and determination to make a positive impact in the face of adversity. Their commitment to raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK is an inspiration to us all, reminding us of the importance of supporting research and working together towards a future free from the devastating effects of dementia.