I wish to see a world without Alzheimer's.
When I was just 16 years old, I lost my granddad to a disease I could barely comprehend. I watched his Alzheimer's progress through the years and was often left feeling confused, scared, and helpless. I didn't want my granddad to "be" this way.
Yet, I have so many fond + vivid memories of my granddad from when I was very young. He would come to my dance recitals and was my biggest cheerleader (tap was always his favorite), we would sing songs together, he would tell me stories, and I'd be over at his and my grandma's (we call her "Gaga" :) ) house all of the time.
He was kind, gentle, and caring beyond belief - AND, he would stand up for us without hesitation.
He always had just the right words to say.
When I was in middle school, I remember having "one of those days..." I had torn apart my room, was angry at the world, and was in a crying fit. My Mom had called my granddad to come over. He came into my room, told me things were going to be OK, and started helping me clean. Whatever it was I was thinking about didn't seem so bad anymore - I knew if my granddad said things were going to be OK, I was going to be OK.
My granddad passed away on a January evening at the age of 82. I often think about what it would be like if he were still here, in a world without Alzheimer's. He would have seen me do SO many things, and be there supporting me every step of the way.
Your kind donation will make the world of a difference to the individuals who are battling Alzheimer's and the ones who love them. Thank you so much for reading just a small part of my story. Sending you love, light, and all the good things.
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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