Last year I gave dad the medal they give you for completing the Alzheimer's walk. I told him it was because of his story that I earned that medal so it really was his medal too. He didn't really understand, but he wore it proudly. Then I asked him if he remembered the last time he won a medal. To my surprise and astonishment, he told me in detail how he won his marksman's medal in the Army in 1950, down to the details of how his shots were spread on the target. I overcame my surprise and asked him if he won the medal while in the US or overseas. But just like that he was gone again. It was a sad but also an amazing moment. I miss talking to him.
Currently more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow as many as 16 million by 2050. This disease has robbed my dad of what should be his "golden years". And this can happen to ANY of us.
My friend Heather got what they call Early Onset Alzheimer's when she was still in her 40's. Now she cannot speak, dress, bathe or feed herself. My friend Dale died of this disease.
And NOTHING they did caused it, And there's nothing YOU can do to avoid it.
Except...make a donation to find a cure or way to prevent this disease. It CAN happen. They found a cure for polio. They found a cure for malaria. They found a cure for Boogie Fever.
With OUR help, they can find a cure for this.
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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