Why do I walk? I get this question a lot. I walk because my father retired from work and quickly was diagnosed with mild cognitive disorder. Within a few years of diagnosis, he exhibited signs of Alzheimer's disease. In my mid-30's I became his power of attorney, a part-time caregiver, and moms support. I grieved for my father multiple times over the next several years. I walk to raise money for a cure (yeah, there's no cure to date) so my children, family, and friends do not have to fear over the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. I pray for a world where this disease is managed or cured by a pill, a vaccine, or a surgery. I believe that cure is around the corner.
So, I walk and advocate in memory of my father, John. Newly retired and newly diagnosed (early 60's), his mental & physical abilities declined over the next 8 years. Throughout this decline he forgot how to complete many day to day activities we take for granted (retrieving the mail, cutting the grass, and grocery shopping). He was unable to recognize his wife, children, and grandchildren 3 years before he passed away, but forgot his favorite hobbies, meals, and tv shows years before.
Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. This is not a disease that only the elderly have.
There are no survivors, but there is so much hope that one day, there will be the first survivor of Alzheimer's disease.
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