Dear Family and Friends:
In 2017, Alzheimer’s Disease was the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, affecting over 5 million Americans. One in three seniors will die from Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. Of the ten most common illnesses and leading causes of death worldwide, Alzheimer’s is the only one that cannot be prevented, cured, or effectively slowed.
In 2015, after a nearly ten-year battle, my grandfather, Col. William B Liddicoet, lost his life to Alzheimer’s Disease. Grandpa was witty, gentlemanly, and one of the smartest people I have ever known. I still have memories of a fishing trip I took with him and my grandmother when I was only 8 years old. Fishing is not something that a kid can usually pick up quickly and it’s easy to get frustrated, but my Grandpa was not only smart, he was also extremely patient and a great teacher.
Alzheimer’s impact on Grandpa’s life grew increasingly pronounced over time. His memory loss became more and more noticeable and he would occasionally say things that seemed uncharacteristically out of place or even inappropriate. Sadly, the man we knew eventually disappeared as Grandpa became a shell of himself, trapped by the constrictions of this terrible disease. These changes were hardest on my Grandmother who watched as the love of her life was slowly overtaken by the disease.
My family’s experience with Alzheimer’s is all too common. A disease with no cure and an increasing number of cases haunts millions of others around the world, regardless of age and nationality.
One organization that is increasing awareness of this terrible illness among young adults is BvB Dallas. Each summer, BvB Dallas hosts a series of events to increase awareness of Alzheimer’s among young people and to generate financial support for improvements in disease detection, treatment and support for patients and their families. The fundraising, education, and charitable good works culminates with a powder puff football game at the Cotton Bowl pitting Team Blonde vs. Team Brunette.
As one of the coaches for Team Blonde, I have a personal fundraising goal of $8,000. All contributions made to BvB Dallas will go to support a collection of local health organizations and support groups including UT Southwestern's Clinical Neuropsychology Alzheimer's Fellowship, the Discovery Group at UT Dallas' Center for Brain Health, the Alzheimer's Assocition, and our newest partner, the Senior Source which provides support for seniors with dementia. All contributions are tax-deductible. You can learn more about BvB Dallas and the organizations it supports at http://bvbdallas.org/. Donations to my fundraising efforts can be made directly at this Crowdrise page.
Thank you in advance for your support. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have (more detals about the charity and event are included below).
Offensive Coach, Team Blonde
EVENT DATE: AUG 11, 2018
BvB Dallas is a young-professional organization that hosts a powder-puff football game for a day of fun, fellowship, philanthropy and enjoyment as a way of raising money for Alzheimer’s research and awareness. Founded by sisters whose father was afflicted by Alzheimer’s, BvB is a personal way for young professionals across the country to raise awareness, funds and support to TACKLE ALZHEIMER'S FOREVER.
GAME DAY: The 11th Annual BvB Dallas Powder-Puff Football Game will be held at the Cotton Bowl at Fair Park on Saturday, August 11th. Kick-Off will be held at 7:30pm and the after-party will be held on the front steps of the stadium immediately following the game. We hope to see you there!
Your $25 donation or more to BvB Dallas gains your entrance to the game and after-party. There are no physical tickets. All donors' names will be held at will-call on Game Day at the stadium.