Hello again. I am back, with a purpose, as always. For the 12th consecutive year, I asking my dear friends and family to kindly join and support me in the fight to end Alzheimer's Disease. As many of you know, my dear mother Dalia Diaz died in April of 2009, finally losing a fight against Alzheimer's that lasted over five years. But she was gone long before then, losing recognition, the ability to speak and eat on her own. I'd like to share a column I recently write for Growing Bolder, celebrating Mother's Day, her spirit and the struggle against Alzheimer's
An estimated 6.5 million Americans aged 65 years or older had Alzheimer's disease. This number is projected to nearly triple to 14 million people by 2060. In 2010, the costs of treating Alzheimer's disease were projected to fall between $159 and $215 billion. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
These statistics are unacceptable. And that is why I am participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Oct. 8th at 9 a.m. Saturday at Lake Eola. I will walk to honor my mother. I will walk to honor other fallen victims. I will honor others who have fallen prey to the disease, like Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen and iconic basketball coach Pat Summit. But this disease impacts so many families, many who suffer silently. I will walk in their honor too.
I will be walking with my two sisters and the rest of my family to honor my mother's memory. I would love for you to join us. And yes, I’d love a donation, too. Or you can form your own team to honor a friend or a loved one who has been ravaged by this insidious disease. Yes raising money is important, but just as important is the need to raise awareness. Please join me in the fight!
Thank you so much for your support. Together, we will end Alzheimer’s.
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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