I'm leading the way to Alzheimer's first survivor by participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®. 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.
As many of you know, I lost my Dad to Alzheimer's in 2013 and since that time have been participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer's to raise money for research that I hope will one day conquer this ugly disease.
Sadly, another family member has now joined the ranks of those for whom I walk. My sister-in-law has the disease and has reached a point where my brother can no longer care for her by himself. The particularly tragic aspect of their situation is that due to circumstances beyond their control, the two are separated by 5,000 miles. He is at their home in New York City and she is in a memory care facility in her native country of Brazil where, thankfully, she has a large number of family and friends to look out for her welfare.
To watch someone you love suffer from this disease is heartbreaking. In a way, it is very similar to dealing with a death, as the person you used to know is either buried very deep inside or may be gone altogether. It is my hope that in raising money for and awareness of Alzheimer's research, I can, in some small way, prevent another family's suffering.
This will be my eighth year doing the Walk. Each year I have raised my fundraising goal by $500. Last year my goal was $4,000 and it was the first year I fell a little short of my goal. This year I am going to try once again to reach the $4,000 mark. I would greatly appreciate even the smallest amount you can contribute in helping me reach this goal. If you would like to join my team and do some fundraising of your own, that would also be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story. The end of Alzheimer's disease starts with us.
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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