The past 8 months have been bittersweet. Though it felt the tears would never end, smiles are slowly returning as we speak his name and share stories of a life well lived. I'm reminded how STRONG my mother-in-law has always been, and has grown through this season. I am also reminded daily just how much my husband is like his Daddy - "the spitting image" the old timers say. They are the greatest men I've ever known and I'm so blessed to call them MINE!
Though we'll continue to miss Daddy every day that we're on this earth without him, we celebrate the fact that he is Home and whole. Together with my wonderful husband and precious mother-in-law, we continue the promise we made him - we will continue to fight until no other family hears the words, "It's Alzheimer's disease. I'm so sorry."
I am fundraising to honor the memory of one of the greatest men I've ever known, my father-in-law, Fred M. Lester. He was the first to lend a hand to a neighbor in need, share food from his bountiful garden, and work tirelessly for the Patrick Henry High School band boosters. Though Alzheimer's disease stripped this hard working farmer of his ability to perform even the most simple daily tasks, he continued to say, "I love you" and kept a smile on his face until the end. It is time to honor "Farmer Fred" and his soulmate & caretaker, Peggy Clapp Lester, who stood by her loving husband each day of their marriage and held his hand as God took him Home on October 14, 2019.
Currently, more than 5.8 million Americans have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.
Together, we can end Alzheimer's disease. Please make a donation to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association. Every dollar counts - no donation is too small!
Thank you for joining the fight against Alzheimer's and honoring the memory of this incredible man!
XO - Cristie
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