I am walking to honor my grandfather, Anthony Peressini. The patriarch of our very large Italian family, he is known by many names: Husband, Dad, Grandpa, Bapo (to the grandkids). A caring, funny, hardworking, loving example to 33 (soon to be 34) children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, as well as their spouses.
My grandfather is also the smartest man I know. Having earned his Ph.D in mathematics in 1961, he wrote books on precalculus, discrete math, the mathematics of nonlinear programming as well as mathematics books for other educators. He taught at the collegiate level for 35 years and is professor emeritus at University of Illinois.
My grandpa has dementia, but that doesn't stop him from putting a smile on every one of our faces. The immense joy on his face when he holds his grandchildren is contagious. He is genuinely interested in hearing how what we are all up to every time we are together. He is truly a blessed treasure to our entire family.
Love you Bapo!
I appreciate every donation big and small and while I've set a big goal of $3,000, I believe i can get there with all of your help. To incentivize you, I've got some rewards available!
For donations $25+ I will send you handmade thankyou card (blank on the inside), that you can then send to another.
For donations $50+ I will send you a small item I will knit especially for you and a handmade thankyou card (blank on the inside), that you can then send to another.
For donations $75+ I will send you a medium item I will knit especially for you and a handmade thankyou card (blank on the inside), that you can then send to another.
For donations $100+ I will send you a large item I will knit especially for you and a handmade thankyou card (blank on the inside), that you can then send to another.
Over 230,000 Illinoisans are living with Alzheimer's disease or dementia. Every dollar raised benefits those affected in our community. Worldwide, around 55 million people have dementia, with over 60% living in low- and middle-income countries. As the portion of older people in the population is increasing in nearly every country, this number is expected to rise to 78 million in 8 years.
in 2019, informal carers (i.e. most commonly family members and friends) spent on average 5 hours per day providing care for people living with dementia. Physical, emotional and financial pressures can cause great stress to families and carers, and support is required from the health, social, financial and legal systems. Fifty percent of the global cost of dementia is attributed to informal care.
By participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's, I'm raising funds and awareness to advance the fight against dementia - funds that allow the Alzheimer's association to provide 24/7 care and support while accelerating critical research. Families, like mine, facing dementia and caring for their loved ones, need us now more than ever — and with your help, we can be there for them. Please make a donation or register as a participant and start your own fundraising. Together, we can make a difference.
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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