As many of you know we lost Alfonso aka "Maestro" to Alzheimer's last March. Maestro was a quiet, self-made businessman who had seen many things in his lifetime. He was someone that you could always count on if you needed a hand or an ear to bend. He loved history and old movies and whiskey and the beach.
He'd give anyone a chance to earn an extra buck or two if they were down on their luck. In return he expected hard work and was tough but if you stuck it out, you'd walk away with more than just some extra cash in your wallet, you'd walk away with a new skill set. And if you were one of the lucky one, you'd have gained a new friend and mentor in Alfonso.
Alfonso might've been tough but he was also kind and soft spoken. He never liked attention and always had a quiet dignity to him until Alzheimer's stripped him of it nearly 7 years ago.
Alzheimer's hit Alfonso like a speeding train - hard fast and unexpectedly. This insidious, horrific disease ultimately left him non-verbal and bedridden. It was hard to watch the rapid deterioration of his body and mind. When he was "present" you would hold on tight just to keep him here with you. That rare moment was treasured; savored...
When he tried to speak you'd get one of two things, a whisper of a sound, lips barely moving and nothing coming out. Other times you'd get the latter, pursed lips with every ounce of energy mustered to say a word. No matter how hard he tried, he rarely managed to get the word or question out. It was terrible to witness and even worse knowing how very much he suffered.
Alzheimer's took this strong, intelligent, wonderful man whom I and many others loved very much and reduced him to a frail, non-verbal, bed-ridden, debilitated man that no longer possessed his mind, body, or thoughts.
I'm walking for Alfonso Leonardo Rodriguez. He was a man who made a valuable impact on my life and the lives of many others. He made this walk with us two years ago, last year he was too delicate and unable to attend even with his wheelchair. This year he's gone...
Please join me on my walk for him on Saturday, September 22nd at Busse Woods in Elk Grove. That way we can help make an impact on his behalf and many others living with this wretched debilitating disease and If you can't be there please consider donating in his honor. Any amount helps raise money for a cure, you can donate or join under team Maestro.
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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