This is my 5th year participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer's. I am not a fundraiser, and I hate asking people for donations, but this cause is very near and dear to me. My father was a victim of Alzheimer's, and I witnessed him slowly succumb to the disease. It is a disease that is hard on the sufferer, and even harder on family and friends. I would like to think that, in some small way, that I can play a part in helping to eradicate the scourge of Alzheimers.
The picture shows my Dad at his 85th birthday. He was surrounded by my Mom, his children, grandchildren and a great granddaughter, and he was wondering why everyone was there, and in some cases, who they were. Not even 6 months later, he was hospitalized, and then moved to a Memory Care facility, one of the saddest places you will ever see. Before he passed away a few months shy of his 87th birthday, he did not recognize us, and could not attend to even his basic needs.
Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.
The end of Alzheimer's disease starts with you. Please make a donation to help the Alzheimer's Association advance research into methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure.
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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