In 1999 my grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. He passed in 2015 after fighting for 16 years. I choose the picture above because dancing was one of the things he never forgot. Granted the next morning he would wake up and wasn't sure why his feet hurt so much but when he was on the dance floor he was in control. Our family was extremely lucky - his medications truly slowed down the progression of the disease and up until the last year or so he was highly functioning. We lost him 4 years ago on my 30th birthday but we will never forget the love his had for his family. My grandmother was his primary care giver and her strength and constant efforts made a huge difference for him and taught me so much about marriage. We just recently lost her and know they are happy together again.
Now I am watching as one of my best friends is supporting her mom with this terrible disease. Her progression has been much faster and shows just how much research still needs to be done.
I'm walking to help reclaim the future for millions. By participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®, I'm committed to raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s research, care and support. This past research helped our family but there is still so much more that needs to be done.
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 need your support to do my part! Please make a donation to help the Alzheimer's Association advance research into methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer's. For the millions already affected by the disease, the Association offers care, education, support and resources in communities nationwide.
Thank you for joining the movement! The end of Alzheimer's disease starts with you.
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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