I'm walking to help reclaim the future for millions. By participating in the 2018 Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's™, I'm committed to raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer research, care and support.
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.
My paternal Grandmother had Alzheimer's disease. I was very young when she was diagnosed and by the time I was of age to understand what was happening, the disease had already taken over much of her physical and mental abilities. She was incoherent and was unable to walk or move without assistance. I can remember visiting her in a nursing home when my Grandfather wasn't taking care of her at home. My Grandmother passed away in 1998, the year I graduated high school.
My father was also diagnosed with the disease in 2013. I watched my father change into someone I was not familiar with. He had been an artist for most of his career. As the disease began to take over, he eventually forgot how to even hold a pen or pencil. This person looked like my dad, but had lost all recognition of his family and friends. He forgot he smoked cigarettes, he forgot what the toilet was for and got angry so easily. He died in January 2014 before we had to make the decision to put him in a nursing home. Some call us lucky. I just miss him. But, I missed him before he passed away.
I need your support to do my part! Please make a donation to help the Alzheimer's Association advance research into prevention, treatments and 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 our movement! The end of Alzheimer's disease starts here.
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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