I've lost count of the number of years Team Zarillo has participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer's, but I know our journey started soon after my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at age 65. Your support has helped us raise tens of thousands of dollars to 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.
It makes me incredibly sad to repeat the same statistic I have used in each of these messages--there is no cure and no real therapy to delay the progression of the disease in a meaningful way. The window has closed for my mom to beat this disease but it hasn't for others--like myself, my siblings, my children, and countless others who may be diagnosed in the future. I think about the threat of Alzheimer's daily--when I misplace something, when my daughters talk about me being a "grandma" one day. You learn quickly there is no guarantee in life when you have experienced the cruel disease of Alzheimer's.
It is very difficult to remain hopeful when you have a loved one with Alzheimer's but each year I participate in this event, I am invigorated by the passion and drive of Alzheimer's advocates and leave feeling more hopeful for our future.
Together, we can end Alzheimer's disease. Please make a donation to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.
Thank you for joining the fight against Alzheimer's!
With much love and gratitude, Carolyn and the Zarillo Family
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