Well, here we are! Entering the FIFTH year of RivALZ (formally known as Blonds vs. Brunettes, Go Blondes!) and while I am not playing or coaching this year, I have this pull at my heart to continue to fundraise.
For nearly a decade, many of you have supported me and my family as we battle this disease. You have been so incredibly generous with donations, prayers and support THANK YOU. While others are newer friends and did not have the opportunity to meet my dad, Gene the Bean, before he was diagnosed at the young age of 57. Let me tell you, he is one in a million.
I HAVE to fundraise and I HAVE to advocate on Capitol Hill until we find and fund a cure. I do this for a dad who has Alzheimer’s, and in hopes of a world that someday soon won’t at all. Every year that I write my plea for donations gets harder and harder. I try to find the positivity in everything, but ALZ is such a monster. My dad recently switched medicines and turned into an absolute zombie. We quickly got him off that pill, but the twitches, drooling, night wandering and slurred speech has stuck around. This is ALZ and it affects everyone so differently. The Bean is still my best buddy though, and we’re still continuing our special Thursdates. In fact, he’s snoozing on the couch right next to me as I write this. For Father’s Day, I was able to share my story nationally on the Alzheimer’s Association blog. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, please do! It is definitely my sunshine through the tears of an ALZ diagnosis. http://blog.alz.org/a-proud-father-with-alzheimers-walks-his-daughter-down-the-aisle/
With love and hope, we thank you for helping us end Alzheimer’s Disease. Chloe