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.
I'm so excited for year three with my PwC Family as we work together to raise money for a cause that impacts my life. As many of you probably know my Mom with the help of my Dad are sole caregivers for my grandma, Mere Mere. After losing my grandfather in November 2020, my parents transitioned Mere Mere to upstate New York into one of the bedrooms of their house in the spring of 2021. The amount of love, care and patience my parents have while tackling daily challenges is incredible. While their retirement dreams probably didn't look like this, and as time goes on more challenges increase, I know my entire extended family appreciates every minute of their time (and our great helpers Lisa & Gilda), especially over the last few weeks where we have seen many more challenges.
As I reflect on the last few years being involved in the Alzheimer's Association, I'm so grateful what the last three years have brought to me;
- The network of people that have supported me in my fundraising goals
- My walk teammates that have become an outlet to reflect, and relate each others stories
- Seeing new treatment and drugs become available
- Being able to share my personal story at multiple Alzheimer Association Events
- Most importantly seeing the money being used to help my Mom in the Alzheimer's support group, which allow her to have an outlet to talk to people that are in a similar situation. Additionally, the Memory Care Cafes held by the Alzheimer's Association which my Grandma attends with both my Mom and one our great helpers, Gilda. These cafes have activities for the Alzheimer's patients to participate in, such as coloring, trivia, and planting plants. My Grandma definitely always loves the treats at the cafe, I recall a couple times where she has taken a plate full of cookies and cupcakes!
Caring for an loved one with Alzheimer's is both physically and mentally demanding... and having even just 5 minutes to feel heard, supported, and can make a difference in the journey. I can only hope the continuous research and awareness helps bring more treatment and an end to this disease one day. I hope you join me in fighting this disease.
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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