My Alzheimer's story began with my Grandfather, Frederick Kottkamp. My Dad passed away when I was 10, so my Grandfather was very important to me. It began with "normal aging" forgetfulness, but when your Grandfather doesn't recognize you or remember your name anymore, even as a young person, you know something's very wrong. Then watching that long, slow agonizing decline every person who has had someone with Alzheimer's in their life knows, is heartbreaking. Since then, I've watched many friends contend with the same horrible pattern that has but one outcome. Most recently, I had to see it's sad, slow course once again with my neighbor and friend Sue Bockelman as she cared for her husband Paul, who passed away this spring after a 20 year battle fought ferociously.
As our population ages, Alzheimer's and dementia will only touch our lives more frequently until we can stop it! We created this walk in our neighborhood to make it easy to come out and support a cause that will break almost all of our hearts at some point. Let's join together to do what we can to end that pain and agony. I hope to see you Saturday September 25 @ 10am in the parking lot at the Velodrome for a short 2 mile walk, that will help us take a step towards that goal.
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. 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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