Why I walk - On October 29, 2016 my sweet mom lost her 9 year battle with Alzheimer’s at the age of 93. She was functional and witty until the end. The challenges were many because of her inability to remember. She experienced anger, sadness, and many times was afraid because her surroundings and people would be unfamiliar to her. She was such an inspiration in my life. Teaching me to be kind, do the right thing, work hard and make the world a better place. Our family is too familiar with this devastating disease. Her mom, her mom’s sister and her youngest sister died from Alzheimer’s. Early onset Alzheimer’s claimed the life of another sister.
Alzheimer's is the only disease among the top 10 causes of death that can't be prevented, cured or even slowed. Every 65 seconds a new brain develops Alzheimer's 2/3 of them belong to women. Alzheimer's begins to develop in the brain 20 years before diagnosis. Nearly 13 million American women are either living with Alzheimer's or caring for someone who has it. Many have to quit their jobs due to the high cost of care facilities costing $5000 or more a month. This disease will cost the nation over $290 billion in 2019! These costs are unsustainable and a cure has to be found.
Have you ever noticed the flowers that are carried at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The colors indicate the following: blue - I have Alzheimers, purple - I have lost someone to Alzheimer’s, yellow - I am supporting or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s and orange - I am supporting the cause and vision of a world with Alzheimer’s. Someday a white flower will be carried by one who is cured.
I have walked in previous years and continue to reach out to all of those who can not walk but want to help. Funding is needed for research to find a cure and no donation is too small. Your donation will help advance research into methods of treatments, prevention and ultimately, a cure. The Alzheimer’s Association offers care, education, support and resources in communities nationwide. They have been so supportive and helpful to me over the many years.
Thank you for your donation and joining the movement. The end of Alzheimer’s disease starts with you.
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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