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Steph's Birthday Funraiser for Alz

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Stephanie Vasquez

THE STORY:

So the time has come for me to share something really important with you all. As some of you may know my birthday is in June and this is probably my favorite month of the year. Its got some great holidays and obervations. Like gay pride month, National Accdordian Awareness Month (actually a thing), National Chocolate Pudding Day, National Martini Day, National Doughnut Day, and of course National Pop Goes The Weasel Day (also a real thing) But personally, the most important thing I think this month has to offer is Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month. Alzheimer's has no treatment and no cure. An estimated 5.3 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimers. Nearly 2/3 of Americans with Alzheimers are women. One of those women was someone very important to me. My best friend Erin's mom, Jill, was that woman. Jill was one of the best people you could ever hope to know. So full of life and love and so willing to share it with everyone. Life with her was like a Disney movie, she turned everything into a song and could always make you feel better when you were feeling down. She was also kind of a weirdo in the best way possible. She didn't care what anyone thought and lived her life to the fullest. As her Alzheimer's progressed things became much harder for her family. Erin left school to be with her mother and help to take care of her. Erin's dad came out of retirement and went back to work to help pay for things. As this started to happen my daughter and I moved in. My best friend needed me. And her mom, who was like a mother to me, needed me too. So together, our little band of weirdo's started to take care of Jill. Eventually Jill got sicker and could no longer do things like walk or speak. It was a slow progression and we took it each day at a time. There were good days and bad days. Days where Jill would share stories of her life and just be so happy. And days where she was scared & didnt know who anyone was. (Also known as the days we all ugly cried, bought some Ben & Jerry's and kept on trekkin) Through it all, one thing I've learned about this entire experience is that to be a caregiver of a person with Alzheimer's is be both incredibly rewarding and heartbreaking at the same time. The toll it took emotionally and financially on everyone was staggering. Its expensive. Holy crap is it expensive. There is no treatment so there is usually no insurance coverage for what has to be done. You have a grown adult, who can no longer care for themselves. They can never be alone. There are endless appointments and medications and co-pays. In 2014, friends and family of people with Alzheimer's and other dementias provided an estimated 17.9 billion hours of unpaid care, a contribution to the nation valued at $217.7 BILLION. And the emotional part. So. Many. FEELINGS. One day you could be feeling angry this is happening. You are happy & content on days where everything is "good" (as in, no episodes. No messes. No trying to figure out WHY there are melted chocolate chips in someone's pocket) and it feels almost like normal again. But a lot of the time it can feel very lonely. No one really understands. Like, "Sorry Joan, cant go out tonight. Mom can't be alone anymore because she sets small house fires. No big". That's where Hilarity For Charity comes in. It's an organization that helps not only people with Alzheimer's, but their caregivers as well. All money donated to them goes to Alzheimer's research, support and awareness campaigns and, closest to my heart, Care. They offer a Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Relief Grant Program to help alleviate some of the emotional and financial burdens of this disease. So this year for my birthday, what I want more than anything else is to help. In lieu of gifts please make a donation and/or share this. Thanks ya'll

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  • Angels rock!! ❤️⚾️❤️

    $20

  • Joshua Romero

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $30

  • RIck Mroczek

    $10

  • John Cavanaugh

    $50

  • Beff

    $40

  • Mike & Mandy

    $25

  • the Blackburn's

    $20

  • Anonymous

     

  • Jayden, Mommy, and Daddy

    $50

  • McNguyens

    $50

  • Lisette and Michael

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Buddy Peacock

    $91.64

  • Sara Orozco

    $20

  • Briana and Connor Cavanaugh

    $25

  • Erica

    $20

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Donor Comments

Erica

Erica

DONATION: $20

Happy birthday Steph!! Sorry I couldn't make it the other night :( 3 years ago

Briana and Connor Cavanaugh

Briana and Connor Cavanaugh

DONATION: $25

In Memory of my mom Jill Cavanaugh. I love you Stephanie! 3 years ago

Sara Orozco

Sara Orozco

DONATION: $20

3 years ago

Buddy Peacock

Buddy Peacock

DONATION: $91.64

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

3 years ago

Lisette and Michael

Lisette and Michael

DONATION: $50

In memory of Jill 3 years ago

McNguyens

McNguyens

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Jayden, Mommy, and Daddy

Jayden, Mommy, and Daddy

DONATION: $50

Thanks for sharing your beautiful story. Hope you have a wonderful birthday. =) 3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

3 years ago

the Blackburn's

the Blackburn's

DONATION: $20

A great big happy birthday to you and your big heart! 3 years ago