A CAMPAIGNER who fought to raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease in younger people has lost her battle with the disease.
Elaine Moody, of Newark, died on Friday, March 8, aged 59, with husband Mick and sons Mark and Peter by her side.
A champion of Alzheimer's Research UK, Elaine was only 52 when she was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's.
Although she needed help with more and more day-to-day activities, she found running was one thing she could manage on her own initially.
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In 2008, she became the first woman with Alzheimer's to complete the London Marathon. But within a couple of years, Elaine struggled to walk without support and needed 24-hour attention. She had to go into a specialist nursing home in the last months of her life.
Her family have continued to campaign, with friends and the local community, to raise awareness of the need for more money for research. They have raised thousands of pounds for Alzheimer's Research UK, the UK's leading dementia research charity.
Chief executive Rebecca Wood said: "Everyone at Alzheimer's Research UK sends their deepest sympathy to Mick, his sons Mark and Peter and all the family. They have inspired us with their devotion to Elaine and their fundraising and campaigning as a positive reaction to a terrible disease.
"The support Elaine and her family have given Alzheimer's Research UK over the years is today helping scientists in their investigations to find new treatments and a cure, offering hope for people living with dementia, and future generations. Elaine was an inspiration to us all and will be hugely missed."
Her funeral will take place at 2pm on Thursday, March 28, at All Saints' Church, Sutton-on-Trent.
A private burial will follow. The family ask that donations are made to Alzheimer's Research UK in preference to sending flowers. Donations can be made online at www.alzheimersresearchuk.org or sent to: Alzheimer's Research UK, 3 Riverside, Granta Park, Cambridge, CB23 6AD.