This is hard. I don't even know how many people know about this because it's not exactly something we advertised openly, but some time early 2018 my father had what was later diagnosed as Young Onset Alzhiemer's come on out of the blue, manifesting in the strangest of ways. Needless to say it kind of blindsided us... yet here we are, now 3-1/2yrs into it with barely enough time in between to even process it all.
My father is a great man, I owe credit for many of my best attributes to him, some were instilled with direct intent, some just through simple observation and inspiration. I am extremely proud and grateful for who he is, and all that he has done. In my darkest days in life, he was right there to help pick up the pieces when I was no longer capable and I am honored to be there for him these days in even a fraction of that capacity. It has meant the world to me to have spent the past couple seasons out fishing with him, watching him still do his thing and filling in the gaps where I could, and the time we spend with my whole family is priceless as well. There is no shortage of love over here at the Pratt camp(or sarcasm, or wisecracks, or smartass jokes).
Despite all that there is no sugar coating this. Things are progressing. Parts of his and our lives are being taken away, but along the way there are also some gifts. The time we spend, the laughs and smiles we get, even the tears we shed... this is life, and these are gifts. Many of these gifts come in the form of other people. Whether it is family, friends new and old, or the entire community of fishermen which lies somewhere between family and friend, your support and display of friendship to my father means the world to us, so from the bottom of our hearts, thank you.
Fundraisers are not my typical thing, by all means donate if you feel so inclined but know that above all I'm doing this to honor my father alongside my family. My wife hikes 30+ miles on the regular, but if you know me, after 6 broken legs, broken back, 2 rods, 5 plates, and 18 screws that have been in my legs I can barely make it from my truck to my front door some days, but I have a feeling this 2 mile walk with my family and friends will be a breeze.
Alzheimer’s isn’t stopping and neither are we. By participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, I’m raising funds and awareness to advance the fight against this disease — funds that allow the Alzheimer’s Association® to provide 24/7 care and support while accelerating critical research.
Families facing Alzheimer’s and all other dementia need us now more than ever — and with your help, we can be there for them. Please make a donation or register as a participant and start your own fundraising. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease.
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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