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Thank you for taking the time to visit my Alzheimer's fundraiser page and helping to spread awareness of Alzheimer's disease. The goal I have set is to bring people together to be a part of a community to show support for those who are battling this disease, for those providing care, and for those who have been impacted directly or indirectly from this disease. Alzheimer's disease touches so many lives and I believe through the work of a community of likeminded, focused individuals all things are possible. My hope for you, after reading my story, is to participate in our community to end Alzheimer's and show as a collective group we can accomplish anything when we come together.
Before I begin, I highly encourage every one to learn more by visiting the Alzheimer's Association site. This site provides great insight on the disease and offers ways to get involved.
Here's my story…
For those who have not had the pleasure to meet Chris DiPietro, all I can say is you are missing out. Luckily for you, I am giving you that opportunity to meet him through my eyes. Those lucky enough to call him a friend, husband, uncle, brother, and son know the kind of loving, humble, spiritual person he is. As one of three honored sons I have the special privilege to call him my dad. A dad I have looked up to my whole life. A dad whose only purpose was to give me and my brothers the foundation to succeed and to be a significant part of our lives. A dad who seeks others joy before his own. A dad whose faith and spirit are so unshakeable that not even the news of having Alzheimer's at the age of 55 can waiver.
In March of 2019, my dad, Chris DiPietro, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. My family and I noticed a few years before this that something was just not quite right, especially when it came to his memory. Although previous diagnoses were of depression or stress, we knew these signs seemed too familiar since my grandfather, Joe DiPietro, who lived with us had previously fought and lived with Alzheimer's. Many doctors and people, including my family, couldn't believe this disease could affect someone so young. It was truly shocking when we heard the news. Despite seeing the signs we still couldn't believe it was the case. But like any anything in life, we must accept and power through with a positive attitude. Quite frankly no one has done it better than my dad. Although the news at first was shocking and tough to deal with, my dad was able to come to peace with this through his relationship with God and realizing what made him the happiest in his life was his family. For me, it was the toughest news I have ever received, and I struggled with it for awhile. Thankfully, through the support of my family it became easier knowing we had each other to get us through it. Just like he has my whole life, my dad continues to be my role model even in times when he is tested in trial. I learned that no matter what happens to you in your life, you will never be asked by God to do anything you can't handle and to do everything with a good attitude. The cross can be burdensome to carry, but with a community of people who come together, we can accomplish anything, just as my family was there for each other. Which has lead me to where I am today, asking friends, family, and anyone really who wants to be a part of our community to bring awareness and end Alzheimer's! Participating in our community can be in any number of ways. I've listed a few below:
• Donate to the Alzheimer's Association using our team's page;
• Become a member of our team Rush For Cure for 2021's Longest Day;
• Contact me personally or anyone in my family about questions or just to chat and catch up, or;
• Keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we amongst so many others are battling and caring for those with the disease. Just knowing that there is support means more than you will ever know.
Thank you again, for taking the time to learn and to hear my dad's story. I hope that you become a part of it as well as we grow our community focused on love, support, and growth of the human spirit. I also want anyone out there to know that I am here for them, whatever it may be, as so many have been there for me and my family this past year.
If you feel compelled, I encourage you to share and pass this along, because a community can never be too big and you never know who may need this in their lives. As difficult of a year it has been for everyone, knowing there are others to support you makes a world of a difference.
P.S. Shoutout to my mom who has been a rock-star. She is the rock and foundation of our family and the star that shines and leads the way for us. My mom has been working hard, caring and providing for my dad. This woman is unstoppable and has accomplished anything she puts her mind too. Her positive attitude is unmatched and a true example of the work and love necessary when taking the vows of marriage. Although, she has been through tough times, its been the support of family and friends that keeps her going. Which is why it is so important for us to bring awareness and grow our community. Thanks, Mom, you are my inspiration and hero. Nick, Angelo, and I are the luckiest sons and couldn't be happier to call you Mom.
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