Walking to end Alzheimer’s
My husband Alan was diagnosed with dementia nine months after we were married. I was 53 years old, he was 61. Before the end of our sixth year together, in July 2011, he had passed.
I am wildly grateful for having had Alan in my life. But it still breaks my heart there was no cure or relief for him, that he had to go through the confusion, agony and torture of this progressive disease with no hope but death, that I lost the love of my lifetimes to an illness with no cure.
More than 2,660 people in Humboldt County live with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. On a larger scale, more than five million Americans have Alzheimer’s, and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Among the top 10 causes of death in the country, Alzheimer’s is the only one that cannot be prevented or cured. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change its course.
The Alzheimer’s Association, the Humboldt Senior Resource Center and other local organizations have teamed up to host Humboldt County’s first ever Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The walk is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, research, and ultimately, a cure.
The walk in Humboldt is Saturday, Oct. 22 at Halvorsen Park in Eureka. There is no fee to participate. Fundraising is optional. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by a brief ceremony at 9:30 a.m. to honor those affected with Alzheimer’s and related disorders. Participants can choose a one-mile or a three-mile walk. The walk is not a competition, but rather is intended as a time for community to gather in solidarity. Entertainers and educational opportunities will be along the route.
I’m helping reclaim the future for millions affected by Alzheimer’s as well as other forms of dementia by participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Let’s end this disease by taking the first steps together. Come walk with me.
For more information, email [email protected] or call (707) 296-9060 or visit alz.org/walk or act.alz.org/eureka2016.
Author of the forthcoming book The Grapes of Dementia
Letter to the Evangelicals
(With apologies to Saint Paul and King James)
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