If you're here, you're on my Butler-Warren Walk to End Alzheimers home page. Thanks for coming!!!! I'd like nothing better than to say this is THE LAST YEAR we're doing this - that would mean we have a cure! But we're gaining on it.....the commitment to research is MUCH improved, and there are some promising developments. But there is still no cure or nothing to even slow it down.
Many years ago, on the 4th of July, I was standing with my mother on our back deck when one of my crazier friends set off a quarter stick of dynamite. I think it even surprised him how loud it was.
My mother ran into the house and up the stairs. When I found her, she was acting very strange....and it was then that we knew that something was wrong. Soon afterwards, this proud schoolteacher, proper-grammarian, dignified woman was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. She would apologize to people and tell them that she had the disease.
And now my wife Susan's sister has it. It's awful. Last year Susan flew to Maine every few weeks to be with Lins - and now it has to be by Skype or Zoom! It's not fun to watch someone progress through the inevitable steps of dementia, and we handle it as best we can. Fun? It's a life-changer! So many more people are affected when a loved one is afflicted with this horrible disease. It will bankrupt our country if we don't have a breakthrough!
7 years later my mother stood in a crowded room at a party and appeared normal. She had no idea who anyone was or where she was standing. 6 months later she was gone. It was 7 years of heartache, and incredibly expensive and challenging. Now Linsey is out of her home forever, in a Memory care assisted living facility. Her future will be the same.
We need to stop this!
The numbers are rising:
- 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease
- Someone develops this disease every 68 seconds
- Alzheimer's disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.
- Nearly 55,000 individuals in the Tri-State area are affected, a group that would more than fill Great American Ball Park
As I said, there is no cure. There is no breakthrough yet that gives one hope today. Alzheimer's is the only disease in the top 10 with rapid progression of affected people and no means of arresting the trend. This Walk to End Alzheimer's is EXTREMELY important. Thank you SO MUCH for Participating!
So: here's what we can do - starting NOW. On Saturday, September 19th, starting at 9AM, our team and many others will begin this year's Walk to End Alzheimers. Only this year, we're doing it in our neighborhood, socially distancing, masks on! We hope to have a pretty large crew, so come early. This will be adifferent year, but the object is the same! Should be a lot of fun, you'll enjoy it - great people, great walking course, and....great cause!
Looking forward to seeing you on September 19th on Lake Shore Drive! GO LAKE LIZARDS!
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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