It was a hard life on a dairy farm; always work to be done, but a lot of fun memories. One of my best memories is that when I wanted to go hunting, fishing, or needed any kind of help; I only had to tell them I was Charlie’s son; the response was always “oh, you’re one of The Koch Boys”. This was always followed with a smile and a yes with whatever I needed.
Years ago our mother died unexpectedly, this shocked all of us but crushed our Dad. Dad fell into depression and struggled for years without the love of his life. A few years ago we saw dad had increased problems functioning in his day to day life. Little things like paying bills, keeping appointments and cleaning the house became confusing and overwhelming to him. At first my brothers, sister, and I chalked it up to dad getting older. However, as his confusion increased so did his aggressive behavior and eventually dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Over the years Alzheimer’s, combined with the depression, eroded our father’s zest for life, and now dad is just a shadow of his former vibrant farmer we once knew. While we are grateful that dad still remembers us, for now, and is mostly functioning on his own, he slips a little farther into the illness every day.
So as we deal with this new chapter of our lives, I decided I needed to be proactive. Not just for me but more for my family. My concern is that one day my wife and children will have to deal with my own dependency and fading memories, should I inherit this disease. I also do not want to become just a shadow of my own self.
This is why I am being proactive and ask for your help to be proactive with me.
I need help… I am not only asking you for a donation for research, but I ask YOU for a very valuable item, your time. Please join me on October 8th @ 8:30 AM and take a short walk with me and team The Koch Boys at the “ .” 2016 Walk To End Alzheimer’s
I know no matter how hard I work at raising money, awareness, and participation that it will not do a thing to help my dad, but it may just help my family if and when the time comes that it is one of The Koch Boys that is stricken with Alzheimer’s disease.
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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