I'm 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.
To my friends, family and those I may not know yet, I am asking for your help to raise money for research that I hope will one day result in a cure for this nasty disease and to help the Alzheimer's Association continue to offer programs to support those already suffering from it as well as their caregivers.
Losing my Dad to Alzheimer's in 2013 was heartbreaking enough, but in 2019 my sister-in-law was diagnosed with it as well. Sadly, my brother is in New York City while his wife is in a memory care facility in Brazil, which is her country of birth. They have been unable to be together for close to a year and a half due to Covid related issues. Obviously this has not been easy for either of them. Thank God for Zoom, smart phones and many friends and family members who are able to visit my sister-in-law regularly even if it is outdoors and through a fence with all parties wearing masks.
Although I have said it before, I will say it again. To watch someone you love suffer from this disease is heartbreaking. In a way, it is very similar to dealing with a death, as the person you used to know is either buried very deep inside or may be gone altogether. It is my hope that in raising money for and awareness of Alzheimer's research, I can, in some small way, prevent another family's suffering.
This will be my ninth year doing the Walk to End Alzheimer's. Each year, with the exception of last year due to Covid, I have raised my fundraising goal by $500. My goal last year was $4,000. Although I missed that goal, I was the number one fundraiser for our local Walk, raising a little over $3,000. I absolutely could not have achieved that without donations from over 40 generous people.. This year I am once again aiming for that $4,000 goal. Please help me with a donation, no matter how small.
I would also love to have you join my team if you are local and wish to support the cause by doing your own fundraising..
Thank you for taking the time to read my story. The end of Alzheimer's disease starts with us.
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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