My Dad was a lifelong school teacher, who taught science to thousands of students. After his retirement, he volunteered for over 20 years at Waterbury Hospital. Alzheimer's took almost everything from him piece by piece over 8 years - his ability to volunteer, his ability to manage his household, his driver license, his memory of his telephone number of 40 years, his balance, his interest in his beloved Red Sox and UCONN Huskies. Later it took his ability to use a phone, use the TV remote, walk, get in and out of bed on his own, his ability to feed himself, his focus, and last in 2021, his life. It didn't take his kindness, his sense of humor, nor his love of classical music. Our family had a front row seat to this slow moving devastation. Everything we knew and did had to change - work, schedules, responsibilities, sleep, financials, and more. The Alzheimer's Association was a huge help from diagnosis to the night that he died. I cannot imagine how we'd face this unknown enemy without their knowledge, compassion, and humanity.
I walk to prevent one more family from knowing the pain, heartache, stress, and bewilderment that we experienced.
Alzheimer’s isn’t stopping and neither are we. By participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s, I’m raising funds and awareness to advance the fight against this disease — funds that allow the Alzheimer’s Association to provide 24/7 care and support while accelerating critical research.
Families facing Alzheimer’s and all other dementia need us now more than ever — and with your help, we can be there for them. Please make a donation or register as a participant and start your own fundraising. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease.
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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