It’s been almost 11 years since my dad passed away after battling Alzheimer’s Disease for 14 years. After he was diagnosed with this disease in 1997, I immediately contacted Milwaukee’s Alzheimer’s Association, went to support group meetings and learned as much as I could about the disease by reading helpful literature the Association provided for tips and expectations how to deal with the stages of the disease….spoiler alert….it gets worse (much worse) and there is no cure…..yet! Money raised by the annual Walk To End Alzheimer’s helps fund research at the NIH and provides advocacy and confidential support through the local Associations (www.alz.org/facts).
Everyone has been, is currently and/or will be impacted by some illness and supports a worthy cause, and should continue to do. My family’s experience with Alzheimer’s Disease is why this is and will always be my passion until a cure is developed. The Walk To End Alzheimer’s of Milwaukee County is on Sunday morning at 10 a.m., September 18th starting and ending at the Briggs stage on the Summerfest grounds (no worries, Packers play in the evening). Try to be there by 9 to mingle and to watch the captivating Opening Ceremony at 9:30.
This is my 25th straight year (4th different decade!) on the Walk’s planning committee and working during the Walk. I have an aggressive goal of raising $2,500 to signify my dedication to this cause and to reach Elite Grand Champion status in honor of my dad. There are two ways you can help:
1. Make a donation on by clicking on DONATE on this page. No amount is too small. You may even be able to double it if you work for one of the hundreds of companies that match donations to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org/walkmatch and search for your company). If you’d rather send me a check payable to Alzheimer’s Association, send me a text at (414) 550-3534 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for my address.
2. Join my team, Hazod's Heroes, by clicking on JOIN MY TEAM on this page, and walk the 2-mile route through Lakeshore State Park (“the island park”) on September 18th. There is no fee for the Walk.
Whether or not you donate or walk, if you or a loved one is impacted by this unrelenting, horrible disease, please reach out to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.ALZ.org or call (800) 272-3900 24 hours/7 days a week) and/or to me to get information and caring support in any way you need it…..trust me, you do or will need help.
Thank you in advance for your consideration and generosity.
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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Elite Grand Champion
Walk Committee Member