It's been 10 years since I lost my dad to Lewy Body Dementia.
While each person's dementia or Alzheimer's presents differently, if you have had a loved one suffer you know it's about much more than occasionally forgetting a name or a face. For my dad, over time he forgot how to write, to read, to speak. He forgot how to do every day tasks like basic hygiene and using utensils. Along the way he lost his sense of self. He became paranoid and panicked (something my dad never was during all of the time I knew the "real" him). Eventually, his brain was so diseased that he could no longer figure out how to swallow. And that was when we just had to wait out the days for the disease to take this wonderful man from our lives.
There is no cure for this terrible disease, and few helpful treatments, which is why we need to keep working on it. In honor of my dad I’m raising funds and awareness to advance the fight — 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 this.
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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