It is my honor to once again walk to honor my dad, Julius Daniel Benton, Jr. He lost his courageous battle with Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration on November 20, 2008. Not a day goes by that I don't miss him and wish he was here. He was married to my mom for 47 wonderful years and they had a marriage to look up to. He loved her and their 3 daughters more than anything. He taught us the important things in life and demonstrated what it was to be a wonderful husband and father by putting his family first.
Dad loved listening to his favorite music, big band and jazz, and introduced us to the legendary Maynard Ferguson. He attended all of our school activities including marching band and baton competitions, and was always the proud father beaming in the stands supporting us.
There are so many things that dementia took from Dad's life. He is missing retirement with Mom. He missed my wedding and meeting my husband, whom he would have adored. We are missing spending time with him and learning from him, which I did almost every day. I miss his hugs, holding his hand and hearing his voice say, "Hey Juj, I love you!"
I wish there was a world without dementia so no other family has to go through what ours endured. One day there will be a cure and I hope we are around to see that day. Until then, I will support and help raise funds for the Alzheimer's Association to help find that cure. I hope you will join us in that fight as we walk for a cure!
Thank you and God bless you!
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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