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.
I am doing this in memory of my father, James Alfred Thompson, a really fine man all-around and an especially exemplary dad. Daddy had a stellar smile, and I loved to hear him laugh. Though he was very tall and might seem imposing, he was gentle, patient, and kind. He worked hard at the USPS, loved his large vegetable garden and, especially, had unwavering faith in God. He once commented that his three daughters were his treasure, and Mama described him as her best friend. Alzheimer's Disease slowly erased all those things. He was diagnosed in 2000 and suffered with the disease for ten long years. It was difficult for all the family to see the utter loss associated with this disease, and it took an emotional toll on everyone. This was especially true for my mother, who was at the forefront of his care non-stop, during all that time, even when he had to be placed in a skilled nursing facility.
Our team, the James Thompson Twins -- true to the tradition of the 1980s pop group, "The Thompson Twins" -- started off with (mysteriously) three members: Maris Copeland (granddaughter), Nicole Thompson (daughter), and me. We have since grown to include Ariel Copeland, Sophia Lindstrom (his other granddaughters) and Gladys Thompson (my mom). We are walking to support the sufferers, their caregivers, and the researchers associated with this devastating disease. Despite having to walk remotely in 2020 thanks to the Pandemic, we hope to be able to do so in person this year. Regardless of how/where the event occurs, however, we'll be walking!
Together, we can end Alzheimer's disease. Please make a donation to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.
Thank you for joining the fight against Alzheimer's!
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