A Race to Remember

LMI Advertising was founded over two decades ago by Gary J. Bellanca. His entrepreneurial spirit, passion to succeed, and compassion for others, carries throughout his life including his love of running. Completing numerous 5-Ks, 10-Ks, half marathons and 7 full marathons, Gary's desire to compete and to challenge himself helped him overcome life's obstacles and challenges. At age 55, he was diagnosed with dementia, most recently categorized as frontotemporal dementia. The one common thread throughout this journey is the lack of awareness and resources for those dealing with this illness at such a young age.

Our goal with this race is to raise awareness and funds to further research to develop treatment and ultimately find a cure.

Understanding Dementia
  • Dementia is a general term for loss of memory and other mental abilities severe enough to interfere with daily life. It is caused by changes in the brain.
  • Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 50 to 70 percent of cases. Other types of dementia include vascular dementia, mixed dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies and frontotemporal dementia.
  • There are nearly 15.5 million Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers providing 17.9 billion hours of unpaid care valued at $217.7 billion.
  • More than 60 percent of family caregivers report high levels of stress because of the prolonged duration of caregiving and 40 percent report symptoms of depression.
  • Frontotemporal dementia is a rare disorder that affects the front (frontal lobes) and the sides (temporal lobes) of the brain.
  • Frontotemporal has a more rapid onset than Alzheimer's disease.
  • There are no treatments approved by the FDA for frontotemporal dementia, and none that have been shown to be effective.
  • This devastating disease steals memories, steals independence, steals control and steals time – before ultimately stealing a life.