For those of you who may or may not know, my inspiration behind participating in the Alzheimer’s Walk is my late grandpa Jim Coates. He was a U.S Army Veteran of the Korean War, an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and most of all, my grandpa. After the Korean War, he started McKinley 1-Minute Car Wash in 1959, which later grew into Coates Car Care, Inc. My fondest memory growing up was riding my bike to his car wash to see him. He worked endlessly! While most are retiring at 65, he continued to work into his early 80s. He loved to talk to the people of the community and of course, make sure he still had a “good crew” working! Eventually, he was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia and it took away his ability to be present at the car wash. Even still, some days he would ask “What’s the weather? Are we washing cars?”
He taught me that with “hard-work, dedication, and a good personality” you will get far in life! I want to honor him by investing hard-work and dedication into Walk to End Alzheimer's to help raise awareness, give back to the community, and help other families with loved ones facing Alzheimer’s or Dementia.
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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