In addition to volunteering for the Foxboro Walk to End Alzheimer's, I am raising funds in Memory of my Grandfather, Icek "Hank" Wluka, who passed away in 2001 after a 6-year-long battle with Alzheimer's.
I didn't understand back then how someone could "die from Alzheimer's," as his final battle was lost to Pneumonia. But then I realized that Alzheimer's was the catalyst for the Pneumonia. Alzheimer's took away his mind and body's ability to function, leaving him hospitalized and subject to infection. There's just no need for anyone else to experience this.
- He survived three years at the Auschwitz Concentration Camps in the Holocaust.
- He survived the trek to America with my Grandmother, Brenda and their 3-year old son, David (my Dad).
- He created a beautiful life in Massachusetts for his wife, 3 sons, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
- He never saw the Red Sox win a World Series.
- He survived triple bypass surgery.
- He survived colon cancer.
- He didn't see the atrocities of 9/11, or the way America banded together to overcome.
- He did get to see and meet his first Great Grandson, Zachary (my nephew).
- He never met my husband.
- He didn't survive Pneumonia, which he wouldn't have contracted had it not been for Alzheimer's.
On his final day with us, January 23, 2001, he looked at me and called me Brenda. He thought I was my beautiful Grandmother and it was a wonderful compliment; my one happy memory in the end.
As Grandpa always said, "Beautiful."
Please join Team Wluka in the Fight to End Alzheimer's! LET'S MAKE ALZHEIMER'S A DISTANT MEMORY! Donate today!
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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