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As many of you know, this past year has been a tough one. On November 18th, my beautiful mother Rita, passed away. I was joined by my two sisters, my father, and my aunt as we held her hand and watched her take that last breath. A moment like that, after her 15-year long battle with early onset Alzheimer's, is difficult to describe. For me personally, a lot of conflicted emotion quickly surfaced.
In the days leading up to that last breath and in the many days that followed, I lived in a fog. Many of us did. But before I knew it, I was behind the lectern, staring at all of my mom's loved ones as I gave the eulogy. Of all the experiences in my life, speaking on her behalf that day is in the top two hardest things I've ever had to do. And that's because there are no words which can capture the essence of my mom. She was beyond words. She was something that you had to experience. For those of you who were able to do so, you're lucky; you're a better person because of it whether you realize it or not. For those of you who didn't get a chance to experience the lovely Rita, don't despair. As I said in my eulogy, her inner beauty (which was locked away for 15 years) has finally been set free, able to shine through again. It's up to you to find it. And you'll know when you stumble upon it; trust me.
The Walk to End Alzheimer's this year will take place in Syracuse, NY on Sunday, September 29th. I am honored to say that the Alzheimer's Association has asked me to get up on stage, write a few words, and represent the PURPLE FLOWER this year which is dedicated to those who have lost a loved one to this horrific disease. Please join me. Walk by my side. And if you're unable to join, please donate whatever you can so that soon, we will have someone on that stage holding up the first WHITE FLOWER - dedicated to the first survivor of Alzheimer's.
Thank you all so much for your continued support. I don't think any of us realize the strength we receive from friends and family until we're suddenly put in a very weak position. I love you all, and hope to see you soon!
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