"Though she be but little, she is fierce." William Shakespeare
A question often debated, "Would you rather lose your mind or your body?" It seems an innocent and interesting topic to discuss until you or a loved one is faced with this scenario.
On May 20, 2017, Rosemary Rispole, my mother-in law, took her final breath. She had Alzheimer's that was progressing steadily over the past few years. Simple daily routines were lost on her. She had a difficult time holding a simple conversation. She was also brave and proud. She would smile, attempt a laugh and try to pass it off.
As if living with a declining memory wasn't enough, she also had Parkinson's. She lost all control of her legs, and required assistance for any movement. She could barely feed herself with her own hands. The combination of losing both her mind and her body was just too much for her small frame. But she was fierce to the very end.
I support Blondes vs. Brunettes because I want to be sure that my kids have a future without Alzheimer's. Please join me in this effort to find a cure.
Alzheimer’s disease is the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. An estimated 5.4 million Americans are living with the disease and nearly 15 million are acting as caregivers. It’s time to take action and change the course of this epidemic!
That’s why I’m taking the field with the Association Blondes vs. Brunettes®, a nationwide women’s flag-football league created to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association. My teammates and I are training and preparing for game day, but win or lose, our true goal is a world without Alzheimer’s.
I need your support to do my part! Please make a donation to help the Alzheimer's Association advance research to discover methods of prevention, treatment and ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer’s. For the millions already affected by the disease, the Association offers care, education, support and resources in communities nationwide.
Thank you in advance for your generosity – together, we can tackle Alzheimer’s disease.