It has been almost five years since I lost my beloved wife of 56 wonderful years to Alzheimer’s. I not only walk in her memory, but for the 5.8 million people who are living with this disease. I walk to raise funds and awareness. I walk so that future generations won’t know the pain of watching the person they love most in the world succumb to this devastating disease. A disease for which there currently is no prevention, no treatment and no cure. A disease that claims more lives annually than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.
Eileen’s time with us was cut short thus, robbing her of a chance to see how our family has flourished as the last of our grandchildren have graduated from college, married and added other precious great-grandchildren to her legacy.
I will be walking in the Springfield Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which will be at the Southwind Park on Saturday, September 21, 2019. My involvement does not stop with merely raising money or walking. I have been a Team Captain for the past five years, I have served on the Team Retention Committee and as Walk Committee Chair. I was Walk Co-chair, in a supporting role, for the 2018 Walk and currently serve as the Co-chair for the 2019 Walk in a lead role.
I’m committed to raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s research, care and support. I need your support. Please make a donation, in Eileen’s memory, to help the Alzheimer’s Association advance research into methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure. For the millions already affected by the disease, the Association offers care, education, support and resources in communities nationwide. Every donation helps, no matter how small. Together we can make a difference.
This disease affects far too many lives. One out of every three American seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or some form of dementia. I need your help so that we can continue to fund research to end this disease and provide support for the 230,000 Alzheimer’s patients in Illinois and their 588,000 caregivers.