Why I play and why I raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association
I watched my Mom suffer for 8 years before she passed from early onset Alzheimer’s as well as another rare form dementia at the age of 61. Prior to that, my Grandmother had Alzheimer’s. I watched my Mom go from a full-time Oncology nurse and marathon runner to not being able to talk, walk or even eat.
I play because I want people to be aware that Alzheimer’s is not just losing your memory and forgetting the name of your friends and family. It completely takes away your ability to do anything and everything. You will basically turn to a vegetable that needs 24-hour care. Someone will eventually need to feed you, take you to the bathroom and bathe you. The amount of money it takes to care for people with Alzheimer’s or put them in a specialized home so they can get the care they need is immense!
I play to raise money to help those suffering now as well as provide more funding for research for a cure! I want to reduce the number of people that will have to go through this!!
I also play because of the support group and friendships I have gained from being a part of this organization. Up to the point of joining BvB in 2016, everything associated with Alzheimer’s was sad and tragic. Now I have something I can do to raise awareness and money that doesn’t make me sad. Everyone on the team cares deeply about the cause or has a loved one suffering and we are all there to support each other.
A recent online article stated the following:
"Other diseases have declined because of significant investments in research that produce treatments and techniques to reduce risk, sometimes even a cure,"
"The issue is mainly funding," agreed Rudy Tanzi, a Harvard professor of neurology who also heads up MassGeneral's Genetics and Aging Research Unit. "We are a knowledge-rich yet budget-constrained field. We have many clues about how to stop Alzheimer's, especially from recent genetic studies, but insufficient funds to explore how."
CNN. The disease that could bankrupt Medicare, March 19, 2017