is fundraising to honor:
his friend Steve
I will be fund raising for The Longest Day. This year will be quite different as my friend Steve will not be with us. Steve passed away last year from Alzheimer's. I miss my friend dearly. This year I will be fundraising in his honor. I will be watercolor painting most of that day with a dear friend Peggy Walsh. I would like extend an offer to all of those who would like to donate to my page. For every $10.00 you donate you will be given 1 ticket to be entered in a drawing. The winner will receive a watercolor painting (the subject will be of your choosing, be easy on me I'm still learning!! LOL) done by yours truly. The winning ticket will be drawn LIVE on Facebook on the final day of fundraising. Thank you for considering a donation.
Five and a half years ago, at the age of 52, I was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Three years ago my diagnosis was changed to Lewy Body dementia. And just a few months ago, I turned 58 years old.
Why am I fund raising for the Alzheimer's Association? Well after attending education programs and an early-stage support group through the Massachusetts and New Hampshire chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, I realized that I STILL have a life to live, I can STILL learn new things, I can STILL do the things I enjoy doing and most importantly I STILL have a voice and I plan on using that voice for as long as I can.
I tell people that the Alzheimer’s Association saved my life (obviously not in the literal sense). They gave me opportunities to focus my energy on advocating for others living with dementia and to use my voice to help reduce the stigma associated with this disease.
I love movies and one of my favorites is Shawshank Redemption. I love Morgan Freeman (I wish I had his voice LOL). He repeats a line in the movie that Timothy Robbins told him “get busy living or get busy dying.” Thanks to the Alzheimer’s Association I have chosen to get busy living.
Through my work with the Association, I became involved as a National Early-Stage Advisor, to help raise awareness, advocate and provide guidance on the most appropriate programs and services for individuals living in the early stage. I also joined the chapter board, where my perspective on living with the disease helps shape the work that we do locally to support other families like mine.
I hope you can see that it’s people like you who have chosen to get involved that have allowed my family and others to take advantage of all the support provided by the Alzheimer’s Association. Whether it’s the 24/7 Helpline, the support groups that I mentioned earlier or to just getting out of the house to meet with other individuals through social engagement programs at places like the Museum, your support makes a critical difference for people like me.
I am using my voice to make a difference for this disease and you are all making a difference by supporting the Alzheimer’s Association.
I know many of you have already given a tremendous amount. From the bottom of my heart I say thank you so much for your generosity. You give hope to families just like mine. But there is SO much more to do. I am asking that you get more involved with the Alzheimer’s Association. Find a way. Use your voice. Offer your talents. Fuel our work. The end of Alzheimer’s starts with you.
I’d like to leave you with one of my favorite quotes. “A life is not important except for the impact it has on other lives”. (Jackie Robinson).
I'm participating in The Longest Day to show my love for all those affected by Alzheimer's disease. On June 21, I am joining others around the world and doing what I love to honor people living with Alzheimer's, their caregivers, and those lost to the disease, while raising funds and awareness to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.
Today, an estimated 47 million people across the world are living with dementia. This number is set to skyrocket to 75 million by 2030. In the United States alone, more than 15 million caregivers generously dedicate themselves to those with Alzheimer's and dementia. These numbers will only continue to rise unless we take action.
Together, we can show those facing Alzheimer's disease they are not alone. Please make a donation to help the Alzheimer's Association advance research toward the first survivor of Alzheimer's and provide care and support to those facing the disease today.
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