I could tell you that Alzheimer's is the 5th cause of death in the U.S. for those over 65, or I could tell you that on this very day 6.5 million people are living with Alzheimer's and in 30 years that number is projected to be 12.7 million.
What I really want to tell you is that watching a dear friend's mind disappear through the unrelenting veil of Alzheimer's is almost too painful to bear. My dear friend David's beautiful smile, sparkling eyes and brilliant mind slowly morphed into an awareness that something was "wrong," though he wasn't quite sure what. He knew what he wanted to say, but just couldn't find the words. And how to respond to him was just as confusing to those of us who loved him - do you coax? Do you supply the words? Do you try to move him to another topic? And how do you handle others who seem perturbed by his mixed Alzheimer's patients commonly withdraw from work or social activities. A bitter/sweet memory I hold close is the four of us attending a luau. Several gals were up dancing to a DJ, clearly having fun. Suddenly David jumped up from the table and joined the women, dancing his heart out. When he returned to the table a few minutes later his eyes were sparkling, and he had a joyous smile on his face. We were all so happy he was experiencing this moment of pure joy...yet, sadly knowing that in the morning he probably wouldn't remember any of it...and he didn't.
The first neurons damaged in David's brain were probably related to his memory, language and thinking skills. What most of us don't realize is the cause of this damage could have silently begun more than 20 years ago. The long tenure of this disease is one of the reasons it's so hard to find a cure.
I could relate many heartfelt stories about David's heartbreaking journey, and if you ask, I certainly will. However, what's really important to me know is to help find a cure for this heinous disease. That's why I'm reaching out to you.
On October 15th we are holding our annual Aiken Walk to End Alzheimer's. I'm part of our community team, Women of Woodside Walkers, and I hope you will help me reach my personal goal of $2,500, which will go toward our team goal of $30,000 this year.
A donation is any amount is greatly appreciated. You can donate by going to my link at help://act.alz.org/goto/Lynda If you prefer you can mail me a check payable to "Alzheimer's Association" and send it to: 209 Sterling Grove Circle, Aiken SC 29803
This year I am walking in memory of my dear friend David Carney. This means so very much to me and I hope you can help us raise the funds to stop this disease from taking friends and loved ones from us far too early.
If you have any questions or want to learn more about the walk or Alzheimer's, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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