Glenn's Walk Donation Page
I am walking in honor of my incredible parents, Bob and Lynn Patton. Growing up, I used to spend hours quizzing my dad on the names of professional baseball players using the Baseball Reference guide that would come in the mail. Back then, my dad literally knew every player in the major and minor leagues, including their position, whether they were lefthanded or righthanded, and which major/minor league team they played for. The book was hundreds of pages and I could not stump him. Not once.
Today, at age 79 and four years into a battle with Alzheimer’s, my dad does not even remember that he used to like baseball, he confuses his deodorant with shaving cream and he is unable to order off the simplest dinner menu. I have not asked him (because I’m scared to), but I’m 90% sure he doesn’t know my name and I am 100% certain he could not come up with the names of any of his grandkids. Less than a week after watching his grandson win a lacrosse state championship by scoring the GW goal in overtime and then celebrating out on the field, my dad had no memory of the game. This is what Alzheimer’s does to people.
I wish I could say that my dad’s story was unique or worse than most, but it’s not. My dad is just 1 of the more than 5 million people with Alzheimer’s and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Those figures also don’t capture the impact of this disease on the spouses of Alzheimer’s patients. My mom has shown incredible strength and courage in taking over responsibility for their household and managing both of their healthcare needs. Her love for my father has not changed one bit even as he retreats into his own world and sits silently in his favorite chair watching TV or staring at a magazine without really comprehending what he’s reading. That is true love and a lesson to all of us about what it means to be a life partner.
Thank you for viewing my page and contributing to my Walk. While it is far too late to find a cure for my dad, I’m hopeful that your donation will help cure this horrendous disease during my lifetime.
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