BENEFITING: Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter
EVENT DATE: Jul 28, 2013
On Sunday, July 28th, 2013 I will compete in the Lake Placid Ironman. This consists of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike, and a 26.2 mile run. All in the same day and (hopefully!) under 17 hours. I am raising money for Alzheimer's research and to support caregivers. Alzheimer's and dementia are extremely difficult illnesses to deal with, both for the individual who has it and their family members.
My mom-mom (grandma) has suffered from this disorder for less than a year and it is unbelievable how quickly it can attack the brain and change someones life. She has always been so independent and I admire this about her. Even at 90, she would drive to church, buy her groceries, and host our family for a holiday lunch. To see someone so independent and cheerful change so quickly is difficult, scary, and heartbreaking.
She is aware of her condition and is doing worlds better on the right medication and living in a safe environment. However, there is currently no cure... and medication, as of now, can simply slow down the dementia and decrease anxiety. Which is so helpful... but not enough.
Alzheimer's generally attacks the elderly, but not always. People can start showing signs in their 40's, 50's, and 60's. My mom's friend's husband was diagnosed while middle-aged and did not recognize his wife or kids by the time he was about 60. I can't even begin to imagine how difficult it would be to have your spouse of many years be unable to recognize you.
Please consider donating to this important cause. Donate for someone you know who has the disease, for someone who is caring for a family or friend with Alzheimer's, or because you hope that we can find a cure... so that no one will have to remind their parent, grandparent, spouse, sibling, or friend who they are.
Thank you in advance!