This is my second year participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®, and it means even more this year. My grandfather lost his battle with dementia just weeks ago. He was Mo to his friends and family and Pep to his grandchildren. He was my last living grandparent, a hard worker who loved his family and infused our lives with laughter, a talented musician and all around fantastic guy. I remember summer days swimming in their pool, picking green beans from their garden, laying on the living room floor watching The Lawrence Welk Show and Wheel of Fortune with them, the smell of cigars. I loved how he loved my grandmother and called her "Guppy". (When I asked him why, he said, "Because it's a pretty little fish that swims in the water.") He led a full life, but he will be missed!
Alzheimer's claims too many of our loved ones, and I'm hearing more frequent cases of early onset dementia. Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.
Together, we can end Alzheimer's disease. Please consider making a donation to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.
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