Bob's Walk Donation Page
Why am I passionate about eradicating Alzheimer's dementia?
For the past 25 years my previous generation of aunts, uncles, and my mother have gone down the path of this devastating and untreatable dementia. Alzheimer's has now reached my present generation, with my daughter taking on the role of primary caregiver for her mother.
When I began my retirement I did not plan on being a caregiver, and I didn't want to know about it. Mom was surrounded by friends, but they increasingly turned my attention to her need for care.
I realize now how very fortunate I was to learn about the disease from the Alzheimer's Association's caregiver support groups and workshops. The NorthBay Alzheimer's Adult Day Center provided respite care and activities extending my mom's quality of life, which ended at age 94.
I started a Unity Walk Team 15 years ago, raising awareness about the need for more local support. And I just joined the local Congressional Team of advocates who are promoting legislation supporting caregiver support, education, research and brain health. This year I was the only Solano County resident who joined 1100 advocates "storming the Hill" to get Congress to approve research funding--and it received bipartisan support.
As a follower of Unity principles, I affirm that we are greater than any disease, and I deny any power that disease or illness has over us. At this year's walk, a white flower ceremony is being introduced to represent the day we'll see that first Alzheimer's survivor. I yearn for that day to come soon!
Thank you for doing your part in supporting this year's Walk by volunteering, registering to walk and supporting our Team Unity walkers!
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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