I'm leading the way to Alzheimer's first survivor by participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®. Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.
I'm a facilitator for a newly formed Caregiver Support Group at Memorial Road church of Christ in Edmond, OK. I've become involved in this cause for multiple reasons, the most important being to honor my father and mother. My Dad, Gayland Burke, was one of the sweetest men to walk this earth. He was an artist, a true servant of God, friend to all, and loving father. Unfortunately, the last years of his life where a slow goodbye as his memories faded and he became more dependent on others. My mom was his primary caregiver for a number of years and I know that took a heavy toll on her. It can be such a lonely and frustrating task, and I'm only seeing that from a distance. I'm at a point in life when I can help others who are going through this journey at this time and hopefully encourage them and be a sounding board. Due to my increased risk for developing Alzheimer's due to genetics, I also have a vested interest in finding a cure. This upcoming Walk is one small way to help raise funds for further research to help EndAlz!
Together, we can end Alzheimer's disease. Please make a donation to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.
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