Barn to Bay Paddle
Dementia related illnesses, including Alzheimer’s and Lewy Body Dementia (LBD), affect 6.7 million Americans each year and are the only top ten causes of death for which there is no prevention or cure. This coming Memorial Day weekend, a group of friends and family will dedicate their time, effort and money in support of my grandmother Francis Kepler and in memory of my father Walt Joachim whose lives and precious memories were unfairly attacked by these devastating diseases.
My grandmother spent her life alongside the Susquehanna River. My father married my mother on its banks and their lives reflected the strength and beauty of its flowing waters. For this reason we have chosen to kayak 130 miles from the family farm in central Pennsylvania down the Susquehanna to its endpoint at the Chesapeake Bay in what we will call the Barn-to-Bay Paddle.
Experts believe with enough support we can see an end to these illnesses in our lifetime. After much research, we have chosen the Alzheimer’s Association and their Longest Day Campaign to be the vehicle for our fundraising efforts. This is due to their demonstrated commitment to accelerating the global effort to eliminate dementia related illnesses and care for those affected. Longest Day efforts like ours will take place throughout the country this spring, and are all about love and action. Please join us and support a fund-raising event, grab a boat, help set up a campsite, or make a donation so that we can raise money and awareness to end these illnesses for future generations.
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