In the United States someone develops Alzheimer’s every 65 seconds and more than 5 million Americans are living with the disease. There is no cure. There are more than 16 million caregivers of people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the United States. For 10 years, my dad was one of those caregivers.
My mom, Kris Bell, is currently fighting this disease. She joined the Grandview Alzheimer's Special Care community in September 2018 after my dad could no longer care for her in their home. In March of this year, COVID-19 safety protocols eliminated our ability to visit mom at Grandview, which has been hard for all of us. Prior to COVID, my dad visited her twice a day and my sister and I visited regularly each week. After four months of not being able to visit, we are now allowed to have "socially distanced" outdoor visits. While it's not the same, we are grateful for the chance to see her in person.
We just passed mom's 2nd anniversary at Grandview. During that time, her disease has progressed and her abilities have deteriorated. Our family's first-hand experience with Alzheimer's has been an emotional and heartbreaking journey.
Together, we can end Alzheimer's disease. Our family is pleased to partner with Grandview Guys and Gals to raise money for this year's Peoria Walk to End Alzheimer's, which will be a virtual event because of COVID-19 restrictions. We will be walking as a family as part of this year's virtual event - and the mission remains more important than ever. Please make a donation to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association. I truly appreciate your consideration.
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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