Dear Friends and Family,
It is hard to believe, but on Saturday, September 14, I will be participating in The Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Plymouth, MA for the sixth time. This will be an especially emotional year as I will be walking for the first time in memory of my beloved husband, John, who fought courageously and sadly lost the battle on October 21, 2018. Our family has lost our rock.
For each of the past five years, I have walked carrying a yellow flower, symbolizing that I was a caretaker of someone diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, or more specifically in John's case FTD (Frontal Temporal Dementia). This year, however, I will carry the purple flower since John is no longer with us. I am honored that the Committee to End Alzheimers has asked me to be the purple flower representative for the Promise Garden and to share my story on stage before the Walk.
Frustrated and feeling helpless back in 2013, I embarked on a mission as my own little way to make a difference in the fight against all dementia, like Alzheimer's and FTD. I chose to walk to help others, like my husband, who were facing the same diagnosis and challenges that he faced. I chose to support the families, like ours, who are forced to watch a loved one suffer and slowly be taken away. Sitting idly by and doing nothing was never an option. I had to at least try to make a difference to create change. I chose to grab on to hope and faith, as I know John would have done. I promised John and myself that I would continue on in my fight against this horrible disease - and I am with a new conviction and drive. It may be too late for him, but it is not for others. I know we will see a cure in the near future.
We all miss John and feel the weight of our loss every day. It breaks my heart that he can not share his vigor and love for life with his grandchildren. Our family truly witnessed the circle of life this year with the birth of our first grandson in May. John would have been so thrilled to have known his namesake, John Michael Dwyer III. How wonderful it would have been if he could hold him in his arms and share our joy. Imagine if Alzheimer's and FTD were curable and this was possible. Imagine all of the lives this cure will change and the incredible moments that will no longer be lost!
For those of you who have supported this important cause in the past, I hope that you feel proud of yourselves for taking a stand. You are making a difference! I hope that you know that with each and every step of this emotional walk on this day and through life, I am grateful to you. Please help to support me by clicking the link below to make a tax deductible donation or better yet, please share my story. Together, we can help to find a cure!
With love, hope and gratitude,
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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