In her suffering, I developed a passion for this disease and all of the patients and families who have dealt or are dealing with it. Unknowingly, she made me a more patient, loving, and compassionate individual and I will always do what I can to honor her name, especially through the Alzheimer's Association and their research and advocacy for the disease.
Dementia doesn't just alter the lives of patients, it affects entire families. My Papaw was the strongest man I've ever known, he devoted his entire life to her before her diagnosis, and then devoted his life to caring for her as her angel on Earth up until her very last day.
Many families don't have the ability to care for their loved ones like he did however, and through donations the Alzheimer's Association isn't only raising money for the research in prevention and cures of the disease, but also in aiding caregivers and providing information and awareness to communities. It's a relentless disease, many days I could see the exhaustion in his eyes-- even when my aunts, his sisters, myself, and her sitter would come to offer help.
This disease will inevitably affect you and your loved ones in some way one day.
Until there is a cure for this disease, I will try my absolute hardest to raise money to prevent families from experiencing the loss that we have. We grieved the loss of my sweet Mamaw for years before angels took her, that's something I wouldn't wish on anybody.
Your donations will directly go to research, awareness, advocacy and fundraising programs. With your donations or even just a simple Facebook share, we can Walk to End Alzheimer's. Last year my goal was $500, and I raised over $1500. This year, I hope to reach those same goals, if not exceed them.
So please share this post, donate, or even join my team. Thank you as always for your consideration and generosity. God Bless.
Facts About Alzheimer's & Dementia:
- 6th Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.
- More than 16 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with A/D
- This values at approx. 18.5 BILLION hours of care, valued at nearly $234 BILLION
- Alzheimer's deaths have increased 145% between 2000 and 2017
- 1 in 3 seniors die with Alzheimer's or Dementia, more than Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer combined
- A/D will cost the nation $290 BILLION in 2019.
- 5.8 MILLION Americans live with Alzheimer's, expected to reach nearly 14 million people by 2050
- 1 of every 3 caregivers are 65 or older
- 66% of caregivers live with the person with dementia
- TWICE as many caregivers of people with dementia experience substantial emotional, financial, and physical difficulties.
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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