My father, Dr. Justo, was one of the most compassionate and loving people I knew. He dedicated his life to helping others, and he always made time for laughter and jokes. We loved him dearly and have started Team Mahalin, which means to Cherish someone in his native Filipino language. When he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, it was a shock to our family. We watched as the disease slowly stole his memories and his ability to communicate. When Mom could no longer care for him, he had to be moved into assisted living at Kinder Care in West Fargo. Seeing my once-vibrant father reduced to a shell of his former self was heartbreaking.
This year, I am walking in the Walk to End Alzheimer's in honor of my father. I know that there is still no cure for this disease, but I am hopeful that one day there will be. In the meantime, I walk to raise awareness and funds for research and support services. I walk to remember my father and all that he meant to me. And I walk in the hope that someday no one will have to watch their loved ones suffer from this devastating disease.
The walk provides me with an opportunity to connect with others who are also caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's. Together, we can share stories, offer support, and build relationships that will last long after the walk is over. In addition, the walk gives me a chance to raise awareness about this disease and to help promote the importance of research. By taking part in the walk, we are helping to create a better future for those affected by Alzheimer's disease.
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