My name is Sophia Brush. This year I am walking for all those caring for those with Alzheimer's Disease and those with the disease, such as my grandfather and great grandmother. There is something fundamentally saddening about knowing someone who doesn't know himself, let alone you or his other family. I still find myself asking my relatives questions about him just to obtain even the slightest bit of feeling that I know him. I'm always making sure to help him out in any way I can, but it still never feels sufficient. I've taken it upon myself make sure I am well educated on the disease, its history, and our triumphs in research and the fight. Since doing so, people like Dr. Alois Alzheimer to Robert Katzman have helped spread seeds of awareness, laying a foundation for more discoveries. Although people like them have made huge strides towards our goal, ultimately it is up to us to change our future and how we remember it. This walk means I have the opportunity to do something about the disease that has pained me through my grandfather for as long as I can remember and I cannot imagine not taking it.
A letter to my Papito:
It's been a little over a year and I still miss you so much. You are my muse and the reason I keep going. It's because of you I know what I want to do with my life. It's because of you that I care SO much. It's because of you that I am who I am. Starting January I will be at the University of Miami as a pre-med student. It'll be the start in my journey to become a neuropathologist, my dream job. Not only do I get to be a doctor and see patients, but I will be a scientist making a difference. Rather than helping numb symptoms, I will be proactively working to find a cure. Until then, I will continue to do as much as I can, starting with continuing my work with the Walk to End Alzheimer's. I love you so much Papito and I can't thank you enough for what you've brought and continue to bring even in death to this world through those you loved and touched.
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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