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Mater Private Hospital Springfield registered nurse, Meredith Abraham is set to embark on the adventure of a lifetime when she takes on Mater Foundation’s Miles for Memoires Yosemite Trek in June.
This year, the annual adventure trek will raise important funds to help the team at Mater Research to continue investigating the potential for an early intervention treatment for dementia.
“It was the cause, supporting dementia research at Mater, that inspired me to sign up for the trek and Yosemite has always been on the bucket list,” Meredith said.
“To raise funds and awareness for dementia research being carried out at Mater is a privilege.”
However it’s her own personal connection to the cause that is truly inspiring Meredith’s fundraising, and one that will motivate her each and every step of the trek.
“I lost my dear father-in-law 18 months ago to alzheimer’s disease and my beautiful aunt who is not yet 70, is very rapidly succumbing to the later stages of the disease,” Meredith said.
“To lose your ability to function in normal daily activities such as personal care, eating and continence is one thing, but to be deprived of your most precious memories and the ability to recognise the loved ones around you is truly devastating, and quite simply wrong.
“While they have inspired my journey, it is the support and encouragement of my husband John that has given me the confidence to take part. Having lost his father to Alzheimer’s, this is as much his journey as it is mine.”
From now until June, Meredith’s main focus is on training and becoming as fit as possible, in time for the adventure of a lifetime.
“I walk with my beautiful dog about eight to ten kilometres three times a week; this will have to increase soon if I’m to keep up with some of the seasoned trekkers in the team! I’m also doing leg squats and stairs whenever I can,” Meredith said.
“At the end of this journey I will have some amazing and inspiring memories, the very thing that alzheimer’s and dementia robs our loved ones of.”
You can support Meredith’s trek by donating today.