Eileen's Walk Donation Page
My mother, Marilyn, was diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment in 2012. At the time, we were told it could also be considered the early stages of Alzheimer's. Mom continued to drive and to live alone in her apartment until late 2014, when we could no longer deny that Mild Cognitive Impairment had progressed to more than the early stage of Alzheimer's and it was no longer safe for her to drive or to live alone. The next 3+ years, she lived in Assisted Living communities, starting in what we call "Traditional" Assisted Living and then transitioning to "Memory Care." She is now in the more advanced stages of the disease and requires full care.
There is a family history of Alzheimer's, with two of my mother's aunts, one cousin and one brother having lived with and then succumbing to this difficult condition. Prior to retirement, my mother was a bookkeeper and office manager who could balance any ledger to the penny! She was also 'famous' in the family for having the best memory and recall of names, dates and events, going back to early childhood.
As do millions of others, I grieve for my mom and miss who she 'used to be.' At the same time, I treasure the moments we have and the creativity in our communication so that we still find our loving connection in each visit. She is now on hospice care and I know that our time is short.
My Mason Wright Starfeet Enterpise team and I are leading the way to Alzheimer's first survivor by participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's® on September 16th. Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.
I humbly ask that you please make a donation of any amount to help advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association. My mom will not be that first person cured, but someday, hopefully soon, it will be someone else's mom or dad, grandmother, grandfather, aunt, uncle, brother or sister.
Together, we can end Alzheimer's disease. For all of those living with Alzheimer's and those yet to be diagnosed,
Sincerely & gratefully,
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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