is fundraising to honor:
her clients facing Alzheimer's
2019 is the fifth year we will have a team participating in The Longest Day. I do this in memory of my mother. On January 24, 2015, Velma Wessels lost a valiant fight with Alzheimer's. She was 89 and had suffered from the disease for 15 years.
Our mother was courageous: a farm girl, who worked to support her country during WW II, went to college and graduated with a degree in Chemistry even while she was a new mother. She later received a Master's degree in History, with a passion for civil liberties, world affairs and womens' rights. She was also a cancer survivor. She beat Cancer, but she couldn't beat Alzheimer's.
Velma was married to Russell Wessels for 61 years. He died in 2008.
Our family has watched as our mother fought valiantly against the loss of her intellect. We grieved as our father's health declined when he immersed himself in caring for her. We became caregivers ourselves. We were vigilant to ensure the best care for her when we could not do it alone.
This disease robbed our mother of her brilliant mind, her memories of husband and family, and her words. But nothing can rob us of her love for us and ours for her.That love is why for our fifth year, we will challenge our friends and family to raise funds to beat this disease for once and for all. In 2015, we created Team Valkyrie to honor the strong woman that was our mother, and the strong women (and men) who will take part in this challenge.
Our original team name, "Valkyrie" was chosen for two reasons: first, it sounds a little like VELMA. Second, the Valkyrie were Norse goddesses whose task was to carry slain warriors to Valhalla. It is a reminder for us of the somber fact that Alzheimer's is the only one out of the top six most fatal diseases in the USA, where the death rate is growing instead of decreasing. In 2017, we joined forces with Team Dementia Friendly Ozaukee to make an even stronger team!
Please join us. Sign up and participate with us, raise funds, or donate funds. Each dollar will bring us closer to finding a cure. Our team goal is to raise $5000.
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.
Velma, we will fight for you. And for those like you who suffer. And someday soon, we will win.
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