For 20 years, my Dad has walked with me to support my efforts in helping those with memory loss. The first year we walked together, he pushed me most of the way in a wheelchair....and would cheer me on....he was and always will be, my biggest fan!! He encouraged me to never give up....and to push myself to the highest.
This is my second walk without him by my side. I miss you, Dad. In January, 2017 he was suddenly diagnosed with aggressive and terminal brain cancer. It was heart breaking for us all. Although he did not have Alzheimer's, his brain cancer journey took him down some of the similar paths faced by those with dementia; mood changes, memory issues, word finding difficulties, expressive aphasia, cognitive dysfunction, rapid physical decline, appetite loss, withdrawal.....his life journey ended on May 29th. He was and always will be my best friend....I never imagined walking without him....and this year, I will do just that....he will be the strength that inspires me to continue on without him.
Every year I walk to support all those affected by memory loss....and this year, I am walking to honor my dad's memory in addition to all those others affected by this horrible disease. My parents have always volunteered along side me for those with Memory Loss. I also have many loved ones and dear friends afflicted with this disease. My heart is walking for them all.
By participating in the 2019 Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's™, I'm committed to raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer care and support.
Currently, more than 5 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. We need to support those with it and those who care for them.
I need your support to do my part! Please make a donation to support the Alzheimer's Association to help those affected with Memory loss....or to honor my precious father.
Thank you for joining our movement! The end of Alzheimer's disease starts here.
I LOVE YOU, DAD....you are my hero!
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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