Denise's Walk Donation Page
I'm walking to help reclaim the future for one man, and the millions like him. By participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®, I'm committed to raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s research, care and support.
In 2015 my father officially became one of the more than 5 million Americans with Alzheimer's. For those of you who know me, you know what a huge and important role my father has played in my life. I can't even begin to list the ways in which he is a part of the person I am today. The last three years have been challenging for my dad and my mom.
There is a reason they call this horrible disease "the long goodbye." My father speaks very little at this point. He requires constant care. However, with the help of my mom and the amazing caretakers she has found, my dad is still living at home with her. He still goes out and does things with our family. He still smiles and experiences joy. But there is no denying, he is not the same man who raised me. We've had health scares and a few escapes, but thanks to the community they've created my dad is well cared for and doing better than so many others who are at the same point in this horrible progression.
This past weekend (10/6) my brother got married. We were all thrilled that my dad could be there--but he almost wasn't. Right before it was time to head out my dad decided not to go. There was no moving him. He wasn't there at the beginning of the ceremony, which was heartbreaking to my family and me. Thankfully, a nap, his caretaker Ron, and a rideshare driver all worked together to change his mind and get him to the wedding before the ceremony ended and before the photos were taken!
When someone you love gets Alzheimer's, both you and the person affected feel powerless. Joining this walk, and the millions of Americans who want to do what they can to fight this horrible disease, allows me and my family to fight back.
Any help you provide is a gift Team Daddy-O will never be able to repay. Thank you.
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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