In Loving Memory of Gary Turner
My Dad, Gary Turner, had a passion for life. He never felt his age. At 68 years old he was still very active and living life to the fullest. He started having symptoms that concerned him. Tremors being one of the most concerning, he also had some confusion and slowed speech. He sought medical help at his primary care doctor, then emergency room visits and hospital stays at two different hospitals over just two weeks. After eight MRI's, CT scans and EEG's that showed no signs of any of the expected issues; finally a spinal tap on July 27th came back with results. On August 11th he was told he was 98% positive for CJD. Before his diagnosis no one in our family or anyone we knew had ever heard of this extremely rare disease. We were told it was very rapid in its progression, but we never anticipated how rapid. Eighteen days after diagnosis he passed away. Our hope is to raise awareness for CJD in his honor so that other families can be educated and informed about this disease and to help find a cure. We love you Dad.
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To donate to my Strides for CJD text STRIDES2022 to 50155.
Donations of $250 and above are considered sponsorships.
- Diamond: $10,000
- Platinum: $5,000
- Gold: $1,000
- Silver: $500
- Bronze: $250
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About Strides for CJD
Strides for CJD is an annual walk/run to raise awareness of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), a rare neurodegenerative disease that has no treatment or cure. Through this event, anyone -- anywhere -- can pay tribute to their loved ones and raise funds for the CJD Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.
Funds raised support our programs including:
- Our 24/7 helpline, support groups, conference, and other family programs throughout the year.
- Research grants to help scientists make important discoveries and bring us closer to a cure.
- Medical education to help raise awareness and understanding of prion disease.