THE HUSBAND of one of Britain’s youngest Alzheimer’s disease sufferers has set himself the challenge of a lifetime to raise money for a dementia charity.
Steve Boryszczuk, from Snelland Road in Wickenby, is trekking around 200 miles along the Great Wall of China to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society after his wife of 26 years, Michelle, was diagnosed with the disease at just 39 years old.
Full-time carer Steve, who admits he used to struggle to walk just three miles, has had his work cut out preparing for the mammoth trek – but he thinks it will all be worth it.
“I’m pretty sure there’ll be a cure for Alzheimer’s very soon. It might be too late for my wife, but it could benefit my grandkids,” said 46-year-old Steve.
Alzheimer’s disease – the most common cause of dementia – causes people to suffer memory loss, mood changes and communication problems and mainly affects elderly people. Early-onset Alzheimer’s can be inherited by the patient’s children.
Former Market Rasen secretary Michelle Boryszczuk, 42, is now in the final stages of the disease and is confined to a wheelchair. She cannot talk or feed herself and lives in a care home in Stainfield near Wragby.
Steve, who fears the couple’s two grown-up sons and one-year-old granddaughter might have inherited the disease, said: “The only thing I’m nervous about is leaving Michelle, but I have to do this – I really want to raise lots of money to help with research into the disease.
“I talk to Michelle every day about what I’m doing but I’m not sure she understands. I’m sure if she did she would be very proud of me because I haven’t done anything like this before.
“I’m going to have to put in a lot of training – I usually have problems walking more than three miles so it’s going to be a big challenge for me.”
Steve is hoping to raise at least £3,000. He is holding a charity car boot sale at the White Hart pub in Lissington on Monday, May 7 from 11am ahead of his trek from October 5 to 16.
There is a collection box and sponsorship forms at Lissington’s White Hart pub, or you can make a donation online by visiting justgiving.com/steveboryszczuk .