In October of 2018 my father’s struggle with Alzheimer’s disease ended. It is an experience that has changed the lives of my entire family. It presented challenges that none of us could have expected. Until God forbid, you experience it yourself it is truly impossible to imagine just how brutal this disease is.
Over the last months, we continued to deal with all the emotions and challenges that everyone dealing with the disease endures. Because of the Alzheimer's relentless progression, we were forced to make decisions that no one ever wants to make, even if they must be made, to ensure the best possible care for a loved one.
Despite being pushed to physical and emotional limits by the roller coaster that the disease entails and the acceptance of the reality of this disease my mother continued her incredible efforts to care for my dad. She somehow managed to summon up amazing strength even after being pushed to her emotional limits. Her love and devotion are a testimony to the power of love itself. My youngest brother, Rick, and his wife Mary shouldered a great deal of the responsibility that comes with being the one sibling living in the area and I am incredibly grateful for their efforts. There are no words to fully convey just how much they mean to me.
I cannot adequately describe how valuable the services of the Alzheimer's Association have been... The Association has been my compass. Because of this I am even more convinced of the absolute need for fundraising for services and research. I pray that our efforts will end this disease and no family will ever have to go through what my family has experienced. Watching the decline and ultimately the passing of this wonderful, smart, articulate, devoted and loving family man has been devastating and it is has only intensified my anger and strengthened my commitment to continue the fight.
At this time there is no cure for this disease and the best we can do is to work to raise funds to support research, awareness, and services to families in their effort to cope with the challenges. Great strides are being made in research, but they can never be made fast enough for those families, friends, and caregivers currently in the battle.
I need your support to do my part! Please make a donation to honor my father.... . I couldn't have asked for a better mentor, friend, and Dad.
Thank you for joining my family and the movement. Your support means more to my family and me than you can ever imagine! The end of Alzheimer's starts with us!
LOVE YOU DAD!
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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