A Letter From a Friend

This letter is published here with permission from the author. It was sent to us when we were still a Gold’s Gym facility, so references to the Gold’s Gym brand have been omitted. No other changes have been made.

Dear Friends,

Thank you again for allowing me to come in last week to do the Alzheimer’s Indoor Warrior triathlon. I was unable to make it on the official event day (4/6/14), because I needed to be with my family in NJ. Sadly, my mother, Claire Matthews Huling lost her battle with Alzheimer’s and we (her family) had gathered for her memorial service!

I had signed up to do the triathlon several months ago as a way to honor of my mom and to raise awareness (and funds) for the work of the Alzheimer’s Association. In fact, I raised more than $1,100 in pledges. A well-meaning friend suggested that I just skip the triathlon this year, that everyone would understand, given the circumstances. My reaction was: no way! My mother taught us to carry on and to follow through.

Needless to say, it was important for me to be able to do the triathlon, so thank you for helping it to happen. Not surprisingly, it was very healing! I was able to celebrate Mom’s life and honor her memory in a very special way. I think she would have been proud!

Yes, the triathlon turned out to be a glorious experience. You have a beautiful facility in Liverpool and everyone was so helpful and friendly.

I just wanted to thank [you] again for helping me to realize my goal and for your generous support of the Indoor Warrior event and of the work of Alzheimer’s Association!

Rev. Dr. Cynthia Huling Hummel
Elmira, NY