An Alzheimer's diagnosis could be in your future or the future of someone you love. On September 26th, I will walk to END ALZHEIMER'S with hope and conviction that a cure is on the verge of discovery. I will walk to support all caregivers and their loved ones struggling with this vicious disease. I will walk to honor my mother. I will walk with hope for my future, for my children's future and for the generations to follow.
Early or late onset of Alzheimer's disease progression can occur rapidly or last for years. Sadly, my mother's journey was drawn out over the course of 2 decades. My father died of vascular dementia a few years before my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. For the last several years of her life, she could not walk, or talk, her body was severely contracted and she was bedridden. I watched my mother fade away; I watched my mother wither away. It was gut-wrenching. I stood by helplessly as she sank further and further into the abyss. The last coherent thing she said to me was about 5 years before her death, "You are so nice, I like you." With tears streaming down my face, I tried to tell her who I was to no avail. She just looked at me blankly. To say that I was relieved when my mother past on in my arms, is an understatement. I was so grateful that the her suffering was over.
Today I am asking you to join my team: STAND BY ME -- MILES OF MEMORIES as a participating team member or as a donor. In the past, the End Alzheimer's Walk was a 3 mile long walk at your own pace in downtown Minneapolis. COVID19 has changed everything, particularly with regard to group events. There are a number of ideas floating on how to execute the walk including: an App for group participation, a virtual walk experience, and smaller subgroups of walkers doing a walk on their own. For example, a family might choose to do the walk together as a group, separately, but are still part of their team's fundraising efforts. I'm sure that there are many creative ways be a part of the Walk to End Alzheimer's 2020 safely, and the Alzheimer's Association is working diligently to think through all the details before Saturday, September 26, 2020.
As a team member, you can raise money for the Alzheimer's Association by asking family, friends, co-workers or neighbors to sponsor you with any size donation! Every dollar counts and no donation is too small! The money that each team member raises individually, goes to our overall team account. Last year our team goal was $10,000. We beat that mark last year and we hope and pray to do it again this year.
To join my team, please go to ALZ.org, find the Walk icon, and look up our team: STAND BY ME -- MILES OF MEMORIES, and sign up. If you need help signing up or have questions, please contact me. Join my team in generating funds to spearhead research to eliminate this dreaded disease.
I will leave you with these facts to ponder:
Every 65 seconds someone in the USA develops this disease. 5.8 million Americans are already living with it. By 2050 the number is expected to grow to 16 million.
With sincere gratitude,
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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