Todd's Walk Donation Page
I'm walking to help reclaim the future for millions. 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.
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 need your support to do my part! Please make a donation to help the Alzheimer's Association advance research into methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer's. For the millions already affected by the disease, the Association offers care, education, support and resources in communities nationwide.
MY PERSONAL STORY; MY MOTIVATION; MY DAD
This will be my 5th year walking. Really, I have never been directly affected by Alzheimer's until last year. My grandmother died of dementia. And yes, they thought there might be a connection to ALZ. But we never learned that for sure. Dad however was diagnosed with ALZ several years ago and last year he was transferred to an ALZ ward in a facility.
Sadly I had not seen my father in more than 12 years as I have had responsibilities here in Kentucky taking care of mom, and a variety of other issues.
I did make time in 2016 to visit him there though. It was an eye-opening experience. Having not seen him in so long, the differences were amazing; terrible.
It took a long time for him to remember me. He was so frail; so weak. He walked so slow and nearly fell several times. We spent three days together and it was clear that mostly his mind was gone. He was so scared and confused. Had no idea where we were. after living in the area for more than 25 years. Dad had become a child.
As a younger man he was strong, witty, charismatic, and sure footed. That man is gone. He will never return.
So, I walk for dad... and for all the others affected by this terrible, mind robbing, memory robbing killer. Please help me.
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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