I've seen the devastation of this disease firsthand. My stepdad, Bill, passed away in February, two weeks shy of his 92nd birthday, after suffering with this disease for a number of years. He had been a self-employed certified public accountant, making his living working with numbers. He loved history and read voraciously. He also was a private pilot and owned a Beechcraft Bonanza that he kept at Boeing Field, and was a past president of the local AOPA (Airplane Owner and Pilots' Association). Bill has been my stepdad since I was 20 -- the only dad I've ever known and the only grandpa my girls have known. It was devastating and heartbreaking to watch his decline and the toll it has had on us, his caregivers. During the last couple of years, Bill no longer recognized his family, or even himself in pictures. I'm leading Team Expeditors as a way to honor Bill, to raise awareness and hopefully to raise funds as well, so that we can find a cure in our lifetime!
Please join me in leading the way to Alzheimer's first survivor by participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®. 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.
Together, we can end Alzheimer's disease. Please show your support for the cause by signing up as a participant with Team Expeditors. There is no registration fee to join the walk, and fundraising isn't required to participate. Conversely, if you do want to help raise money, you can join the team too. You don't have to walk in order to be on Team Expeditors. And, you have a third choice: if you don't want to walk and you don't want to fundraise, you can still make a difference by donating any amount you choose to my goal or to the team goal to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.
Thank you for joining the fight against Alzheimer's!
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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