is fundraising to honor:
my dad, Shannon Risner
On February 26, 2020 my dad, Shannon Risner passed away after battling Alzheimer's Disease. On that day, his physical body left us but for many years before that, he slowly faded away from us. I can't express how much he means to me and how instrumental he has been to my life.
He was a wonderful father, grandfather, husband, uncle, and friend. My dad was a private person who didn't like to have attention drawn to him, but his personality drew people to him anyways. He loved to fish and drink his morning coffee looking outside while commenting on the birds and weather. On rainy days, he watched the weather channel in hopes of the perfect day to take the boat out on a flat Lake Michigan and perch fish with Carol.
I wish we could have had more of those perfect, sunny, flat Lake Michigan days but Alzheimer's took him from us at the age of 74.
He was an immutable rock of a man and a wonderful listener, although we think he pretended to lose his hearing near the end just to stop from hearing all the bad news. His way of helping me so many times, was just simply being present. He had a gentle way of guiding me to make better decisions and encouraging my fierce independence. I know some of that independence worried him but he never held me back from moving across the country to pursue my dreams and career.
Dad, you will never be forgotten and with hope, dedication, and a whole lot of science, I hope that I never have to forget you either. I promise you, Grandma, Aunt Helen and Phyllis, Uncle Bud, and everyone else that Alz has destroyed that I will continue to be an advocate for you and for the cure or prevention of Alzheimer's Disease.
Today, I am going to enjoy the sunshine in memory of my Dad and the day with the longest daylight in 2021.
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