Some of you may know that I lost my dad to Alzheimer's Disease in March of 2007. He was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer's at the age of 58, and struggled bravely with the disease until it finally took his life 6 years later at the age of 64.
My dad was a kind and gentle soul, who was taken from us much too soon due to this devastating illness. Because I have seen firsthand the impact of Alzheimer's Disease, I am determined to make a difference. By participating in the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer's, I am committed to raising funds for Alzheimer's research, as well as for care and support for people already affected by the disease, in hopes that enough awareness will be raised to eventually eliminate this heartbreaking illness.
Here's what most people don't realize: Alzheimer's is not just a disease that attacks the elderly- It can strike people in their 50s, 40s, and even 30s. Currently more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's. Of these millions, 200,000 people are under the age of 65. Unless we find a way to change the course of Alzheimer's, that number will grow to an expected 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this illness.
I've made helping to fight this fatal disease a lifelong commitment of mine, and I'd like to ask for your help in doing so. The Walk to End Alzheimer's funds help the Alzheimer's Association advance important research into better treatments and a possible cure for Alzheimer's. And for the millions already affected by the disease, the Association offers care, education, support, and resources in communities nationwide.
The night my dad passed away, I was with a friend who told me that a parent's greatest legacy is their children, and the wonderful qualities of that parent that live on in those children. Through participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer's, I am trying to carry on my dad's legacy of kindness, compassion, and humanism. He left this world a more beautiful and caring place by having been a part of it, and I hope to do the same. I'd like to ask that you help me carry that torch by making a donation in support of my walk.
On behalf of my dad, my family, the Alzheimer's Association, and the millions of Americans who are affected by this disease, thank you for supporting my efforts. Please remember that no donation is too small.
*To view a slideshow of my dad's life, CLICK HERE
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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