Last year, my family was changed forever when - after a nine-year fight with Alzheimer's - my grandpa, my papa, died. When I think of my papa, I don't think of the person that the Alzheimer's turned him into, but of the love and joy that radiated from him.
Sometimes people ask me why, as a 17 year old, I am so passionate about a disease that usually strikes older people. Watching the devastating progression of Alzheimer's first hand has shown me how this disease not only affects those who have it, but impacts an entire community - from the families, to the caregiver, to the doctors... not to mention all of the medical costs. Most children take for granted their parents and grandparents talking with them and telling them stories about their childhood, but for the families of those with Alzheimer's, we don't have that luxury.
As the first Youth Ambassador for the Alzheimer's Association's Walk to End Alzheimer's, I want to create a community of supporters throughout Los Angeles - all dedicated to coming together in search of a cure.
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.
I am working with the Alzheimer's Association and taking a personal stance to make Alzheimer's Disease a distant memory. Thank you so much for joining me in this fight!
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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