It's been three years since I found out that my dad had dementia. He was only 55 at the time. This disease forced him to retire early, and has taken so much away from him and my mom and the rest of our family.
I used to be so full of hope, believing that even though there wasn't a cure for dementias that good things could come from all of this. Three years in, and I am so tired. Tired of being hopeful for better days as the days get longer and harder; tired of hearing my dad curse his life and wish that he were gone; tired of hearing my mom cry, and so tired of grieving day in and day out.
This disease has taken so much peace from me and my family, and I will do whatever I can to advocate for funding for research, cures, and affordable access to necessary resources for caregivers and patients alike. I have watched so many people I love be destroyed by this disease, and I am sick of it. I want my future kids to see a cure to the disease that runs so rampant in the genetics of our family.
I'm walking to end Alzheimer's in October. I know that's a long time away from now, but I am starting my fundraising early. Last year, my team and I raised well over $1,000 to fight for a cure, and we're back at it again this year!
My grandma Mary passed away after a long battle with dementia in 2017. She would have been 99 years old this October 27th, and I am so glad to be able to do this walk so close to her birthday.
I'm leading the way to Alzheimer's first survivor by participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®. 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.
Together, we can end the many forms of dementia. Please make a donation to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.
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