As many of you know I lost my big brother to Alzheimer’s way too soon, he was just 61. He was more than a big brother he stepped up and took care of me after our father left, he was a mentor and a friend. He was also a great father and husband. This year he became a grandfather of two wonderful little boys and I am certain he is thrilled.
As a tribute to my big brother I started walking at the Alzheimer’s Walk each fall. We all walk with the dream of finding that first Alzheimer’s survivor.
Since retirement I have started volunteering at the Alzheimer’s Association offices and at the walks. This has given me a whole new perspective on this amazing organization and the even more amazing people that work there. They are a deeply caring and committed group. While fundraising for research is a key objective, they also provide counseling services to families in need. As a receptionist I take calls from families struggling with the impact of Alzheimer’s. Many of the calls bring back the emotions associated with my brother and the heroic efforts his family took to deal with the impact of Alzheimer’s. While I don’t hear their response to the calls the gentile and caring demeanor of the counseling team is truly heartwarming.
Last year, with your help, the Alzheimer’s Walk in Cincinnati raised over 1 million. Please help us beat that goal again this year. Any donation helps, $5, $10, anything! will be appreciated and help these amazing people continue to support families impacted by Alzheimer’s and make progress toward finding that first Alzheimer’s survivor.
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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