There are (at least) two things that I care deeply about – finding a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease and winning. On both counts, I get that from my father, pictured here. In his 81 years, he’s built a successful business, enjoyed a 61-year relationship with my late mother, and raised my two siblings and me. He was relentless in the pursuit of his objectives – from announcing he’d marry my mother the night he met her to selling his frozen fish business to a Fortune 50 company. There was literally nothing he wouldn’t do to support us kids – whether that support took the form of a kick in the pants when we needed it or advocacy when progress was beyond our personal capabilities.
The one battle he can’t win is against Alzheimer’s Disease. Since his diagnosis in 2009, his world has become progressively limited as his cognitive abilities have shrunk and he’s lost the ability to manage even the most fundamental activities of daily living. The superb storyteller has no recollection of stories he’s told hundreds of times. The canny business leader can no longer read his beloved Wall Street Journal. And the loving father and grandfather is nearing the point where he won’t remember who we are.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease and more than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care valued at $210 billion for persons with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. It would be surprising if anyone reading this blog post hasn’t been touched by this terrible disease.
You can help fight this disease by helping me earn a Kronos contribution to the Alzheimer’s Association. Kronos is sponsoring a contest among those of us who blog here. The winner, measured by an increase in visitors to our blogs between now and Memorial Day, will receive $200 to donate to the charity of his or her choice. I’ll do Kronos one better. If I win, I’ll donate an additional $1000 to the Alzheimer’s Association.
To help me win, please subscribe to this blog, read each new post, and encourage your friends to do the same. And if you’re feeling extra generous, consider a contribution of your own to fight Alzheimer’s Disease.2