Cindy's Walk Donation Page
Alzheimer's disease is personal! Almost seven years ago, I lost my beloved mother, Paula Shmerler, to the ravages of this hideous illness. I vowed to her, and to my dear father, Edwin, that I would do everything I can to help eradicate Alzheimer's and other dementias. There is simply nothing worse than watching a loved one forget your name, look past you with glazed-over eyes, lose the ability to speak and, quite simply, wither away right in front of you.
Here's why Alzheimer's should be personal for you too. Right now, some five million Americans are living with the disease. By 2050, that number will escalate to 16 million. Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the only disease in the top ten that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. In this year alone, the cost of caring for patients with Alzheimer's in this country will total $259 billion. If you don't already know someone suffering from this disease, you will soon. It is a sad, unescapable fact that, as we age, we can't escape. We must do something now!
It is because of my passion and commitment to helping fund research to find a cure, or at least treatments, for Alzheimer's that I agreed to Co-Chair this year's Westchester Walk to End Alzheimer's on Sunday morning, September 24 at SUNY-Purchase.The good news is that because awareness is so much greater than when I first got involved with the Walk six years ago, we expect to have more participants than ever and this year's Walk has been moved and expanded. Once again, I will be Walking with Team Byram Hills/GAGA, the team that our son, Max Levy, founded six years ago when he was a high school student. To date, this team has been the greatest fund-raising team every single year and ranks within the top 50 in the nation. We are quite proud.
I would love for anyone in the area to join us for the Walk on September 24. But, more importantly, I am asking you all to contribute generously to the Alzheimer's Association in honor of my Walk and in memory of my parents. Finding a cure won't be easy but, together, we can fund research that will help. This is personal for all of us and we simply can't wait. We must do it together.
Much love and thanks,
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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