One of my favorite parts of my job is Walk season. This year its even more exciting. We'll be participating in our 9th Walk to End Alzheimer's and this is going to be the best one yet! Last year the Twin Cities Walk was the #1 Walk in the Country for the second year in a row! We raised more money than any other Alzheimer's Walk. It was an exciting accomplishment and you helped make that possible! Can we go for a three-peat? I think so! Especially since that means more money for programs and services to help those living with dementia. And more money for research into treatments and prevention methods. The Walk is a great lesson for the kids in learning about volunteering and giving back. They are vital on Walk Day, making sure that everyone is having fun and that everything gets packed in the truck. It's also a time of reflection. Dave's grandfather died of Alzheimer's disease. The kids and I never met him and the Walk always gives us a chance to reflect on this loss and remember why this cause is so important to all of us.
The Walk is full of energy and excitement. It's fun to watch the crowd grow each year with a strong purpose in mind- ending Alzheimer's disease. We feel the power and support that the crowd brings to our family and so many others. It's hard not to feel hope when you are surrounded by thousands of people committed to making a difference. It makes me realize that anything is possible, even a cure for Alzheimer's disease.
Every day I meet someone who's been touched by this disease. I can see the pain in their faces as they tell their story of Alzheimer's and how difficult their struggle is on a day to day basis. So many feel so alone. It doesn't have to be that way though. I know that we must continue our work to help those who are living with the disease and their families, to make sure that everyone knows what resources are available. We can't stop our fight until our vision of a world without Alzheimer's is achieved.
Alzheimer's disease is a growing public health crisis. There are 100,000 people in my service territory alone that have the disease and that number is expected to triple in the next 30 years. If we don't do something about this disease now, the financial and human toll will be too much for any of us to bare.
Luckily, I know the positive impact that our organization can make in people's lives. So many of you have reached out to me throughout the year looking for help. Thank goodness, help is only a phone call or computer click away. Our 24/7 helpline is vital to caregivers and those living with the disease. Support groups, educational conferences, research and advocacy are just some of the other programs the Alzheimer's Association has to support those impacted by this disease. I hope you will check out the website and learn the warning signs of Alzheimer's. Early detection is key to living a full life with the disease.
Now, this is where you come in. You can be part of the solution and join my team or make a contribution to our fundraising efforts so we can make a positive impact in the lives of those living with Alzheimer's. Your contribution can help us change the world and move us closer to a world without Alzheimer's disease. The end of Alzheimer's starts with us!
Your gift,no matter what amount, will positively impact the lives of others. So take that first step and make a donation today. You can help change people's lives!
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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