My story begins back in 2010. My husband and I had received the news that we would be expecting our first child which was one of the most amazing things of my life. Shortly after finding out I was pregnant, I received news of one of the worst things that would happen to me: my dad had early stage Alzheimer's. I didn't know what that meant and honestly had no clue it was fatal. I just thought my dad would become forgetful and it would be ok. I could not have been more wrong. I watched my best friend, my dad slowly being stolen from me. I saw the toll it took on my mom, brothers and myself trying to help and care for a man that has always taken care of all of us. My father lived with the disease for 6 years before passing away on February 3, 2016. Alzheimer's robbed him of everything, his memory, his speech, his ability to walk and eat, until it left him with nothing else to take but his life. I am involved with this organization because I can't imagine other families having to go through what me and my family went through. I know my dad would be proud.