Jack Hanna, Tony Bennett, Ronald Reagan, Glen Campbell, Pat Summitt, Norman Rockwell - these are a few of the well known people who were diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. But this disease afflicts so many more people - including my mom, who succumbed to Alzheimer's on March 14, 2014. Not a day goes by without my thinking of her and missing her. She spent the last year and a half of her life at Sugar Creek Special Care Alzheimer's Center in Normal, IL when it was painfully obvious that she needed more care than could be provided at home. It was heartbreaking to observe the deterioration of Mom's physical and cognitive abilities, the inability to perform simple tasks, the loss of interest in the people and things she loved, and the disappearance of her personality over time.
It's too late to help her, but I'm walking to help reclaim the future for millions of others. By participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's, I'm committed to raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer research, care and support. I have joined the local Walk to End Alzheimer's planning committee because I am passionate about this cause and I want to make a difference.
Please consider making a donation to help the Alzheimer's Association advance research into prevention, treatments and a cure for Alzheimer's. For the millions already affected by the disease, the Association offers care, education, support and resources in communities nationwide. Currently, more than 5.5 million Americans have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. How many people do you know who have been impacted by Alzheimer's or another dementia? If you are lucky enough that you don't personally know anyone today who suffers from this disease, chances are that you will in the future.
Thank you for your consideration and support!
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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