Some of you may know that I come from a fairly large extended family. That large extended family on my mom's side is a very close, tight knit, supportive family. If you've ever heard me talk about my family, chances are you've heard me bragging about my Aunt Jane who I often refer to as "mother hen" of our family. Jane and Ralph have been there for each and everyone of us at the drop of a hat, whenever needed. To say we are fortunate to have them in our tight knit family is a complete understatement.
Approximately 3-4 years ago, quite unexpectedly, Ralph started showing early signs of dementia and was not long after, diagnosed with having Young Onset Alzheimer's. This was difficult news to absorb. It was hard to accept that at Ralph's age---an age of not quite a spring chicken but definitely not "old" yet-- he was facing this difficult Alzheimer's road ahead already. To me, Ralph has always been a "mastermind" of sorts. He is an extremely well known and respected fisherman and former spotter pilot with vast experience and knowledge in both of these areas that goes deeper than your imagination. Any conversation I have ever had with him or overheard him having has always boasted with knowledge and intelligence, coupled with a willing and open mind to learn more from others.
Accepting that Ralph had Alzheimer's came with the added weight of also accepting the reality that even those you may least expect, can be inflicted with this disease. It can be devestating for those around the person with Alzheimer's to know that their loved one is fighting a deteriorating battle every day. I am grateful that although the days and moments can be unpredictable for Ralph, he still has his same humor, and kindness. Although, I cannot say if our participation in this walk and the funds we help to raise will have a direct impact on Ralph or not; I can say that at some point years ago, funds were raised to develop and run trials most likely on some of the same treatments Ralph is receiving now. Because of that research and those trials, we have all, especially Jane, gained some additional quality time with Ralph we would not have been privy to a decade ago.
Participating in this walk is the very least I feel I can do for both Jane and Ralph who have given so much to all of us. I also hope in some small way that my fundraising efforts will one day make a difference in someone else's family by hopefully helping Alzheimer's to become a treatable or hopefully, curable disease.
Please help me raise funds and take action against Alzheimer's by donating to me or our team, Ralph's Anchors. Any donation amount helps!
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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.
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Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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