I'm walking to honor the life of one man, and the millions like him. By participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®, I'm committed to raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s research, care and support.
In 2015 my father officially became one of the more than 5 million Americans with Alzheimer's. For those of you who know me, you know what a huge and important role my father has played in my life. I can't even begin to list the ways in which he is a part of the person I am today. My family's journey with Alzheimer's changed in May of 2020 when my dad passed away.
This will be my seventh walk to end Alzheimer's. Every year that I participate in this walk and update this page is a reminder of what a grueling, horrible disease Alzheimer's is. In January of last year, just before the Covid pandemic ravaged our country, my mom made the difficult decision to place my father in a memory care facility. Until March, she would see him every day, where the staff told us he enjoyed walking around and dancing. He still recognized my mom and would realize he knew me after a little time together.
Of course, like so many Americans, in March 2020 my father's facility went on lockdown. This meant that for over two months he wasn't able to see my mother--his wife of over 51 years and who was his constant presence through this disease. We'll never know, but strongly suspect, that absence directly resulted in his physical decline. At the end of April my father contracted non-Covid pneumonia. He was in and out of the hospital and passed on Mother's day. While we all miss him, we are grateful that he wasn't bedridden for too long (he never wanted that) and that we were all able to (separately) see him in-person and say goodbye.
I miss my dad every day, but mostly I'm just full of gratitude for the time I had with him and the love we shared.
When someone you love gets Alzheimer's, both you and the person affected feel powerless. Joining this walk, and the millions of Americans who want to do what they can to fight this horrible disease, allows me and my family to fight back.
Any help you provide is a gift Team Daddy-O will never be able to repay. Thank you.
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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