When my stepdad, Mark, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2011, I was about to start my senior year of high school. Alzheimer's wasn't something I had ever witnessed firsthand, and I wasn't even thinking about it in terms of my grandparents, never mind my parents" generation. But I have learned that Alzheimer's does not affect just the elderly. It steals lives from people that have many years left ahead of them, and it affects these people and families so deeply and in so many unexpected ways. While watching this disease progress has been heartbreaking, it has also been inspiring to see Mark handle it with such grace and to see my mom, Esther, become an advocate for early-onset Alzheimer's support in Connecticut. She has been able to share our story on TV, in the state legislature, and with thousands of individuals who are fighting or caring for those with Alzheimer's. As a young person, I want to raise awareness about Alzheimer's in my own generation. I hope that by the time we reach middle age, my generation will never have to worry about our parents or ourselves suffering from Alzheimer's disease.