Alzheimer’s is a disease who’s devastating and torturous symptoms effect more than 5 million Americans, and in many ways the damage that it leaves in its wake is multiplied by the families and friends who’s lives can not only be deeply affected by the burdens of dealing with a stricken loved one but also by the emotional hardship of coping with an integral part of their family slowly drifting away right in front of their eyes. My family has just recently been drawn into this fight as my Grandmother, the maternal head of our family, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and is beginning to struggle with its effects.
While my family and I are at the precipice of this long battle I find comfort in surrounding myself with people who are going through similar situations and those whom know a lot more about the road ahead. I also take great pride in the opportunity to be part of group whose focus is to battle the issue head on. Maybe we won’t be curing the disease while running post routes on the flag football field but we are building a community of people dedicated to spreading awareness for the cause as well as raising money to help support those people who are affected most.
I’m asking that all of those who are able be generous, in whatever way that you can, in supporting our cause. My hope is that I can rally my family by birth along with my family of friends and my work family to support my RivALZ family in this effort.
The RivALZ events are now in 40 cities nationwide and have now raised over $6 million dollars over the life of the program. We are fortunate to live in the generous state of Minnesota where the initial event in 2013 raised $125,000, the largest dollar amount raised by a cities debut RivALZ event. Last year alone the program eclipsed $200,000 in donations raised and we hope to keep the momentum by improving that number again this year.
Please support my participation in RivALZ, a flag football game and fundraising competition to help end Alzheimer’s. We may be opponents on the field, but when it comes to Alzheimer’s, we’re all on the same side. This is a disease that must be defeated and we need your help to do it. Your donation will advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.