Plainview Man Gearing Up for Annual Run to Support Those Living with Alzheimer’s Disease - Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation

Plainview Man Gearing Up for Annual Run to Support Those Living with Alzheimer’s Disease

For Immediate Release  | May 14, 2018

May 7, 2018, Westbury, N.Y. – Jay Asparro, of Plainview, is gearing up to clock some serious running miles during the 2018 Ann Asparro Run, a campaign he initiated to raise money for the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation (LIAF), as well as to increase awareness about Alzheimer’s disease. This year marks Jay’s third time hitting the pavement in honor of his grandmother, Ann Asparro, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s nearly a decade ago, and for all Long Island families coping with the disease and related forms of dementia. LIAF is extremely grateful for the $54,547 Jay has raised in total so far, which goes toward supporting the organization’s mission—to help improve the quality of life for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and related memory disorders, and their caregivers.

This July, in addition to running, Jay will be swimming and biking as he competes in the Ironman challenge in Lake Placid, NY. His hope is to raise $35,000 with this event. To kick it off, Jay and LIAF recently hosted a spin class at Lifetime Fitness in Syosset. Nearly 40 people participated in an enthusiastic workout facilitated by Shaun Cardenas, who graciously donated his instruction for the class. LIAF is grateful to everyone at Lifetime Fitness; for all who participated in the event to support Jay’s cause; and of course, to Jay, who continually shows his commitment to LIAF’s mission. LIAF and Jay are planning several other events this year, including family bingo, tentatively scheduled for the fall. 

Jay understands the impact Alzheimer’s has on caregivers, seeing his parents and other family members caring for his grandmother on a daily basis. Of the yearly Ann Asparro Run, he says, “This is my way to show my appreciation and to reach out to other families, too.” Each year, Jay says his goal is the same—raising awareness for the programs and services LIAF provides, along with the monetary support that helps LIAF continue assisting families in need.

While he’s already tackled some impressive runs and the intense training necessary (in 2016, Jay ran 90 miles over three days on Long Island, and last year did a total of 75 miles over one weekend, 48.8 of them on Long Island, the other 26.2 in the New York City Marathon), beyond hghthis year’s Ironman, Jay’s already planning his next big challenge. “I’m planning to run in Italy next summer. A total of 163 miles between Bari and Naples, the two towns where my grandparents came from.”

As before, the team at LIAF is most appreciative for Jay’s dedication and initiative. Tori Cohen, LIAF’s Executive Director, says, “We are thrilled that Jay is continuing to support LIAF and our mission. We admire his perseverance and how he is an inspiration to all. Cohen added how excited LIAF is about Jay’s new run and the possibilities of raising more funds for programs, which, “give tremendous relief for our caregivers.”

To learn how you can get involved, visit and follow Jay’s journey at Your support is greatly appreciated!

Caption: Jay Asparro (front, fourth from left) and the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation (LIAF) recently hosted a spin class fundraiser at Lifetime Fitness in Syosset. This kicked off Jay’s 2018 Ann Asparro Run, which raises awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and benefits LIAF’s programs and services, which help Long Island families coping with Alzheimer’s.

About Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation 

For 30 years, LIAF has been providing supportive community-based services to Alzheimer’s families on Long Island. LIAF offers critically needed social adult day programs for individuals facing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, along with services for caregivers. LIAF takes considerable pride in its pioneering role in the development of cutting edge programs that foster the independence, dignity, well-being and safety of individuals with Alzheimer’s. LIAF is now located at a new state-of-the-art center at 1025 Old Country Road in Westbury. The more central location provides the opportunity to bring services and programs more easily to those who need them. For information call (516) 767-6856 or visit

About the Author Dana Castoria

Dana’s personal interest in health and wellness ignites her passion to help execute impactful change in the nonprofit field. As a Hofstra University graduate with a degree in Public Health and a demonstrated history in communications, Dana is committed to merge the community, individuals and professionals of Long Island to help LIAF achieve its mission. Having joined the team in July 2017, she came from an assisted living facility and with over 5 years’ experience in the senior care field. Dana helped LIAF plant it’s feet and grow in the new Westbury location, and believes her efforts to attain the resources to further develop and sustain its services is her part in caring for and supporting diagnosed individuals and caregivers. Outside of the office, you can find Dana exploring Manhattan, on the beach with a volleyball, dog-watching at a park or spending time with her family and friends, especially if a board game is involved!

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