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.
In October of 2013 my Dad passed away after spending over two years in the Memory Care unit of Senior Star. I am walking in the Joliet Walk this year as a thank you to the many staff members at Senior Star who helped Dad and my family cope with the heartbreak that comes when a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
My story centers around my Dad, whom I watched change from a vibrant, active, super smart and engaging man to a shadow of that man, unable and uninterested in caring for himself, frequently not knowing where he was and repeating himself over and over and over again. Despite that, there were still sparks of his old self when he would come up with a humorous, ironic remark or be able to solve a math problem in his head that I was still working on on paper. I regret that my sister and I did not catch on to some of the early signs of the disease that we just attributed to aging. Perhaps an earlier diagnosis would have improved his quality of life in his later years. 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 seventh year doing the Walk. I have raised my fundraising goal by $500 every year and this year am seeking to raise $4,000. 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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