Like most grandsons, I love my grandmother. I remember Grammy as a singing, dancing ball of energy. In recent years, however, dementia has robbed her of her personality, along with her memory. It is a heartbreaking disease, and watching a loved one go through it can seem helpless.
Like many families, we are hopeful for a cure. But research is expensive, and in the meantime millions of families need counseling and other assistance in dealing with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. I want to honor my Grammy by doing what I can to help. As a recent high school graduate, I don't have money to donate, but I do have time.
My Grammy has loved golf most of her life. To honor her, the last two years I set up a "golf-a-thon" fundraiser that raised money for the Alzheimer's Association of Colorado, which is a fantastic organization dedicated to finding a cure and helping those affected by the disease. The first year I played 111 holes of golf in one day and with the generous support of friends and family, I raised just over $10,000 for the Alzheimer's Association of Colorado. Last year I played 126 holes and raised just over $11,000. This incredible support placed me as the #7 individual fundraiser associated with the Denver 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer's.
This year I hope to raise even more money for the Alzheimer's Association. On July 15 I will play as many holes of golf as I can from sunrise to sunset at Columbine Country Club. The club has been kind enough to allow me to play on a day when the course will be closed to other golfers, which should allow me to play a lot of holes!
I'd love to have your support. Donations can be made by pledging an amount of money for every hole that I complete during the golf-a-thon. So a donation of $1/hole would mean a donation of $72 if I played 72 holes that day, though I hope to play many more holes than that as I have done the last two years. Straight donations of a flat dollar amount are definitely appreciated as well.
Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's, and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. All of our futures are at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease. Together, we can make a difference. Thank you for joining the fight against Alzheimer's!
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