The Pierce County Walk to End Alzheimer's will take place at Dune Peninsula at Point Defiance Park (right near Pt. Ruston) once again this year. The journey to a world without Alzheimer's continues on. It is relentless but so are we, committing that we will not stop until it stops. I’d love to have additional team members work with me to help make a difference in the battle to EndALZ. I appreciate any donations that help me to reach my goal.
This is my 8th year participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer's. As many of you know, I have a very personal reason for caring about this cause. My team is called My Sunshine and it takes its name from the last song my mom was able to sing with me in 2014, "You Are My Sunshine," and as my dad often said while reminiscing, "She truly was my sunshine. She brought sunshine to us all in so many ways."
I know firsthand the tragic consequences of Alzheimer's. That it's not just about losing memories---though that certainly ranks as one of the toughest symptoms as our personal connections make up a huge part of our identities. Alzheimer's causes a slow brain death which affects many bodily functions and brings about enough complications to end life. My mother's older sister Gloria also has Alzheimer's and has moved into memory care and I also have 2 uncles I've lost to Lewy Bodies Dementia. I walk to honor them as well and in hopes for a better future for my family which seems to have a history of dementia-related illness.
Currently over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's and 16 million Americans provide care for those loved ones who have the disease. Alzheimer's is one of leading causes of death in Washington state. At present, there is no cure and only one destination when the diagnosis is made. I want to change that for myself and others, and I'm counting on you to help me. Together, we can end Alzheimer's disease. Please make a donation to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.
Thank you for joining the fight against Alzheimer's!
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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