After losing her father to dementia, Laura Sides received the devastating diagnosis that she has the same gene for early-onset dementia

At only 21, Laura Sides left university to care for her dad when he had been diagnosed with early-onset dementia. He died five years later.

In 2017, Sides found out that she carried the same APP gene as her father.

“I’ve been told to expect to start to decline and get unwell in my mid-forties, and being in my mid-thirties, that um didn’t seem so far away,” says Sides.

Despite her life-changing diagnosis, at 36 Sides has set herself a challenge to run a marathon to raise awareness and raise funds for dementia research.

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“… My plan is to set myself this challenge to run a marathon, which I’ve never done and I’m not a runner,” says Sides.

“Along the way, I would really like to raise as much money as possible to assist with dementia research,” says Sides “I would also like to raise as much awareness as possible that dementia is not just an elderly illness – it affects so many people.”

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