Much like 2020 and 2021, 2022 continues to be a challenging year for all of us. It is almost incomprehensible that it has been a full year since my 2021 appeal to you for support of my annual Alzheimer's Walk - and yet, here we are!
My career change from newspapers to senior living in 2011 put me front and center with this terrible disease, as I saw the brutal effects it has on everyone it touches - those diagnosed, but also their families, friends and caregivers. In December 2021, its effects became even more personal for me. My younger sister Ann needed to move to a memory care setting, as she could no longer live safely on her own. I will say that eleven years in the senior living industry has served me well in assisting Ann and my family on how to proceed with the next best steps for her. That being said, there really is no "experience" that can truly help anyone answer the questions that dominate your thoughts as a joyful, vibrant, productive loved one is afflicted. My family continues to support Ann in every way they can, but the unfortunate reality is that she is on a road that I have seen others travel all too often, a road that never ends well.
So, while my commitment to fundraising to Find the Cure has always been authentic, it is now even more personal. For 2022 and going forward, more than ever I will ask family, friends, coworkers and indeed strangers to please commit to helping eradicate this disease in any way you can. My particular efforts here are to solicit your financial support in a way that works best for you. You could sign on to be a member of my sponsorship posse, an incredibly generous group of friends who contributed an unbelievable $5,200 to my individual efforts last year. Or, you may choose to register to become a member of our Walk team that day, form your own team and fundraise as part of your own team, or lend a hand to volunteer at the Walk that day. Any of those considerations would certainly help the Alzheimer's Association in forwarding their mission to find a cure.
The NYC Walk is a fun, spirited two mile jaunt along the South Street Seaport esplanade and the East River. It is indeed a joyful day for a few thousand people to come together, and be reminded that they are not alone in their fight.
So, if you are one of my tenured sponsors, thanks in advance for your continued support - I deeply appreciate it. And if you are somebody who has found your way to my page for the first time, welcome aboard, and I certainly welcome you to be part of an annual event I plan to participate in until I am unable, or The Cure is found. Thanks again, and I promise to represent Ann, and all of my supporters, in the best way I can on Walk Day.
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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