I recently started my 21st year with the Alzheimer’s Association. It seems like only yesterday when I sat at my kitchen table contemplating two job opportunities – one involving kids, music and performance, the other that led me to where I am today.
I am a great believer that things happen for a reason. We’ll never know why my father developed younger-onset Alzheimer’s. It doesn’t run in our family; we don’t know where it came from. But I believe something good came from it. Our family was able to help others facing this “long goodbye”.
In the early 1980s, my mom helped to start the first Alzheimer’s Association support group in the Harrisonburg area. She spoke out to raise awareness about a disease most people had not heard of . . . and certainly didn’t talk about if they had. She was brave, she was a pioneer blazing a trail that many, many other volunteers have followed to help those touched by Alzheimer’s. I humbly walk with them.
It occurs to me that, given the years my father had the disease and my time working with the Association, more than half of my life has been tied to Alzheimer’s. We have come so far, but there is still much to be done. I know that many of you have lost family or friends to this disease – or that you’re caring for them right now. Please consider making a gift in their memory or honor. My heartfelt thanks for your support.
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