Hello everyone –
As many of you know, my wife and I have been involved with my local Alzheimer’s walk in Petaluma, CA for a number of years (I have been a walker in the past, as well as my wife donating her time to do chair massages on the day of the event). Now, the walk takes on a bigger meaning for our family.
This year we will be doing this event not just in support of, but in memory of a family member.
Alzheimer’s, which affects millions of Americans, finally won the almost 6 year battle with my father on April 22, 2016. It is what took over his brain and finally shut down basic functions. But my dad – the person I knew all my life – was taken from our family a number of years before the disease would take his life. While his world was going into other memories and parts of his life, those that included me slipped away, until he did not recognize me anymore. It is one of the stark truths of this disease – one of the reasons it is referred to as “The Long Goodbye”.
I also walk in memory of my Great-Uncle Bob in Texas, who passed away early in 2018 from this disease; and my great-aunt Ruthie, in Oakland, who passed away in March from this disease.
I'm helping reclaim the future for millions by participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®. 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.
The end of Alzheimer's disease starts with you. Please make a donation to help the Alzheimer's Association advance research into methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure.
Thank you for support me, and thank you for helping find a cure for this devastating disease – one step at a time,
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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