This is my dad, John. A terrific and proud retired Army sergeant from Michigan who lived his life full throttle. He had a stroke when he was 68 and while he physically recovered from the stroke, he died with vascular dementia. I will never forget the shock I felt when he introduced me to his doctor as his wife. It was painful to see the confusion in his beautiful eyes and face as he tried to understand why I said I'm not his wife. Until dementia of any kind touches a family, it is hard to know or explain how this disease feels. We must do something to end this awful disease, so I'm walking for my dad and hoping researchers can find a cure.
Right now there are more than 5 million Americans who have Alzheimer's and that is expected to nearly triple to as many as 16 million by 2050. We are all living longer and our future is at risk and we must find a way to change the course of this disease.
This disease has touched my life personally and it is incredibly difficult to watch someone you love suffer with it and lose their memories and connection to family and friends. Together with your help, we can end Alzheimer's disease. Please join my team and walk or make a donation to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.
Thank you for joining the fight against Alzheimer's. I really appreciate your contribution.
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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