The Walk to End Alzheimer's is about community. The shared story of those affected by Alzheimer's and care givers is overwhelming and hard to describe. Its a place to feel seen, provide support to a new friend, and connect over a stroll through the park. When someone with Alzheimer's is walking with us, everyone cheers, gives high-fives and hugs. Its fulfilling to see the smiles on their faces.
This year's walk is dedicated to my father who passed away in June 2018. My father and I had a special connection. We made it a priority to carve out time to spend with one another. We'd spend weekends hiking around the hills of California where we shared stories about our week or talk out anything that was bothering us. My dad loved to celebrate and bring people together; at any of our house parties we'd hang back from the crowd and talk about how lucky we were to be surrounded by people who love and support us. I remember one time I was planning to drive home from LA and Dad rescheduled a work trip so he could drive back with me. He made sure I knew he had my back and that I was important to him. I cherish each and every one of our memories.
Losing a loved one is an indescribable feeling and state of mind. I've floated in and out of depression since his decline over eight years. My mother's decision to move him to a nursing home was really difficult for me to understand. He was overly drugged and abused with scars without explanation and I felt helpless. Whenever he was aware of my presence I made sure to ask him if he was in pain or if he needed anything. Each time he told me not to worry about him, to take care of myself. And that he loved me.
Even to the end he was selfless and loved unconditionally. Help me honor him by supporting the Alzheimer's Association.
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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