PLEASE HELP US 'WIPE OUT' ALZHEIMERS!
2019 has been a very, very difficult year for my dad, who we believe to now be in the later stages of Alzheimer's Disease. We've seen a significant decline in cognition and his overall ability to independently function. It has been and continues to be heartbreaking.
One of the significant changes we faced this year was putting my dad in full-time Alzheimer's care. A difficult decision for sure, but one we knew was right both for him and our family. What I don't think any of us realized when we took this step is how broken the current system is for caring for individuals with this devastating disease. Those of you who have faced similar challenges with a loved one can likely relate, but otherwise, I think it's difficult to comprehend fully.
It's been such a challenging year with my Dad that I was tempted to throw in the towel for this year's Alzheimer's Walk. Maybe that seems counterintuitive, but you feel so helpless and hopeless at times. You know that no amount of money you raise is going to help my dad or bring him back, you feel like what's the point.
However, even though I've felt like that, I know we must soldier on. I know that raising as much money as possible for the Alzheimer's Association is vital. I also feel it's one way we can honor my dad when most of the time we feel like there's no way for us to make a meaningful difference. The growing incidence of Alzheimer's in America is an epidemic. We must work toward finding a cure, developing treatments that actually work, and requiring an appropriate standard of care for patients - all priorities of the Alzheimer's Association.
We would welcome anyone who would like to join us for the walk (it's in West Chester at VOA Park again), and we would, of course, be extremely appreciative of monetary donations to our team.
Thanks so much for your consideration.
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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