On January 2, 2020 my dads battle with dementia ended. While he remembered me and smiled at me all the way up to the day before he passed, his 12 year struggle most certainly had its challenges and I was glad that he could finally rest.
All my years that I can recall, my dad would always tell me I was a gift from God. That having me was the greatest thing. Truth is, I was the lucky one. I have been unconditionally loved all my life. He would say these things to me all the time, but mostly he showed me through his actions practically daily. His hugs were like no other. They were filled with joy, love and laughter ... every time! I was with my dad when he wasn't working. I rode on the motorcycle with him from the time I was four. He taught me how to play pool, throw darts, play softball, dance, share, to be kind, to love your family and to always remember every day is a gift. We would go to carnivals, ride all the rides, play games, eat the snacks and laugh, laugh until we would cry.
In his later years, up to his last days he would tell my mom and I when we would ask him for or to do anything - "It's what I live for." He lived vibrantly for us - every day. Those words are forever with me now. His love for me, for my mom, for his grandchildren, for the rest of his family was constant and is still with us.
This year I walk to honor him, my grandfather, my father-in-law, and my Godmother. I walk to raise awareness. I raise funds to support finding a cure. I Live Each and Every Day to remember how precious life really is and that tomorrow is not a promise.
I hope you consider joining or supporting my team. It's what I live for. Join me and Live Vibrantly!
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