It was clear to me that Jenni was "the one" before I even met her family. I was thrilled to meet the 6'5" Virginian with a southern accent as sweet as honey, knowing that he might become my father-in-law. I found him to be kind, funny and genuinely curious to know me. I learned of his great love for Hardy Boys books, the Rolling Stones and most importantly, for his wife and daughter. What I didn't know then, was that in just a matter of months, everything about him would change. He lost interest in his passions, his good southern manners diminished, he would repeat the same stories over and over, and being anywhere in public started giving him great anxiety.
One March 24, 2017, my father-in-law, Frank Knight, was diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia at the age of 65. Less than two years later, his condition progressed to the point that it became necessary to move him into a memory care facility. When Jenni and I were married in March of 2019, Frank was unable to be there. Today, he is non-verbal and wheel-chair bound.
My mother-in-law, Ann, has been truly courageous as she has gracefully navigated the challenges of making sure that Frank is properly cared for and adjusting to a new way of life. For me, witnessing her love for her husband, and commitment to the vows they made to each other has been an absolute inspiration.
The best way we know how to show love for my father-in-law and the over 55 million people worldwide living with various dementias, is to take up this cause as our own.
Please join us in the fight to end Alzheimer's and other dementias. You are welcome to join us in one or more of these ways:
1. Walk With Us - The Greenville Walk to End Alzheimer's will take place the morning of Saturday, October 1st at Fluor Field. The course will cover 2 miles through downtown. We would love to have you join us! Click "Join My Team" above to register.
2. Donate - The money we collect will help fight Alzheimer's and other dementias through vital research, advocacy efforts, and essential support programs/services. Your dedication, efforts, and donations will play an important role in improving the lives of people living with these diseases, their families and caregivers. Click "Donate" above! Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
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Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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