My uncle Harry was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. He is one of Evelyn's sons and my father's brother. My father and Harry were the only 2 sons who were emotionally able to visit Evelyn towards her end. Although Harry was in his early 70's, he fell in the age range to be diagnosed with early onset. My father in particular was devastated by his brother's diagnosis and became very depressed. He maintained phone contact with his brother as long as Harry was able to maintain a conversation. As there have been more medical advances, his symptoms were managed for a while, but Harry knew the progression well. Once he knew he was at the point he was too much for his loving wife, Clarice, to manage alone at home he demanded to be admitted to a care facility. He tried to be adamant that his wife and children not visit him there and that they should consider that he was already gone.
By walking, I want to remember my grandmother and uncle who died of Alzheimer's disease. I want to think of my father who is in its early stages and who has seen it take his mother and his brother and knows what it holds for him. I walk to have hope that my brother and I are in the generation that will see the first survivor through the research enabled by donations so generously given.
This is why I walk.
Thank you for reading my story and understanding why I have joined the fight to end Alzheimer's.
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