Let me tell you a little bit about Alzheimer's Disease.
- Alzheimer's doesn't just happen to "old people."
- Alzheimer's doesn't just lose your ability to remember names.
- Alzheimer's isn't a normal part of aging.
And with Alzherimer's diagnoses set to TRIPLE by 2050 to over 15 MILLION Americans - it's time we do something about it. Because if you have a brain, you are likely to be touched by Alzheimer's at some point in your life, either as a caregiver, a friend, or by the disease itself.
My introduction to Alzheimer's really started in 2009 when I was just 19. My mother, 49 at the time, just wasn't herself. She could tell something was off and often found herself struggling with communication and simple tasks. After years of being poked and prodded by doctor after doctor, and as the disease continued to grab hold of her brain, she finally received diagnosis in 2012.
Today, my 57-year-old mother lives in a full-time care facility and has been on Hospice care for the past two years. She is no longer able to feed herself, dress herself, speak, walk withour constant assistance, and continues to lose weight and experiences frequent seizures.
Alzheimer's has taken my caring, funny, loving, and in my opinion, the best mom in the world, and turned her into a shell of her former self. But throughout these past ten or so years, my mother never gave up hope. She wanted to be there for her family as long as she could. She wanted to try everything possible to slow the disease. She promised to fight until the very end - so that is what we are doing now.
This year, I am taking a step back from playing on the field to spend more time with my mother and my family, but continuing to support the cause along with my sister, brother-in-law, and the rest of the RivALZ teams. We're fighting the fight that my mother is no longer able to. And it's up to us to change the face of Alzheimer's.
Please consider donating to my fundraising goal of $5,000. Every penny goes directly to the Alzheimer's Association, which will in turn advance the care, support, and research for finding a world without Alzheimers. Thank you for your generosity!