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I had to close my yarn shop in March so that I could spend more time taking care of my husband Gary who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. I had to close the shop in order to provide quality care for him, it was becoming impossible to give him the necessary care and run the shop. I am on the front lines of the fight for this disease. I continue to see and experience first hand the devastation this disease causes and how it affects individuals, caregivers, families and communities. While there have been some breakthroughs in research for the disease, we are a long way away from a cure for the disease or even the ability to slow the progression. Let me say that again, there is NO CURE for Alzheimer’s Disease. A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is ultimately a death sentence. And we are not talking about a quick demise, in many cases individuals will suffer for many years or even decades with this disease. For much of this time the diagnosed patient is aware that they will eventually succumb to this disease. There is no way out. Think about that for a moment, REALLY think about that. I have been watching this process with Gary for over a decade already, we are nowhere near the end, and that’s all we are waiting for, THE END. It is extremely painful to watch a loved one disappear right in front of you. I can’t even begin to imagine how painful it is for those with the disease.
Now maybe you can understand why I have become so passionate about raising money for the Alzheimer’s Association. They have already helped me in so many ways.
Alzheimer's Association is an amazing organization that provides resources, education and support for anyone touched by dementia. I believe that it is extremely important that we support the Alzheimer's Association so our voices can be heard in Washington. Funds are desperately needed for research. I would also like to see more related services paid through Medicare, or the ACA. The Alzheimer's Association uses the donated funds for Alzheimer's care, support, research, awareness and advocacy.
On June 21, I'm participating in The Longest Day, an event to honor the strength, passion and endurance of those facing Alzheimer's disease. From sunrise to sunset, my team will complete an activity of our choosing to raise awareness and funds for the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.
Over the next two months and on the day of the event, we will be making afghan squares that will ultimately be assembled into lap blankets. These blankets are going to be donated to residents in memory care units around the county. I hope that you will help us in any way that you can, by making a donation, and/or joining us in the Longest Day event. No donation is too small.
Today, over 35 million people across the world are living with Alzheimer's, including more than 5 million Americans. In the United States alone, more than 15 million caregivers generously dedicate themselves to those with Alzheimer's and dementia. And these numbers will only continue to rise unless we take action.
Together, we can show those facing Alzheimer's disease they are not alone. Please make a donation to help the Alzheimer's Association advance research and provide care and support to those facing the disease today.
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