I have been a case manager at the Adler Geriatric Assessment Center at Yale-New Haven Hospital for the past 28 years, working with individuals with Alzheimer's and their families. I am continually touched by the strength and resilience of family care givers as they cope with this progressive and ultimately fatal illness. Because of this connection I became involved with the Alzheimer's Association 25 years ago and have been a past board member, board secretary and chair of the Patient and Family Services committee for the local chapter. Since 1995 I have been the chairman of the annual Walk to End Alzheimer's in New Haven. I have seen the growth of this event from being primarily a fund raiser to being a time for celebration of the lives of people living with this illness. Both of my in-laws have died of dementia, so the cause is now also a very personal one. I am about to retire from work, but expect that my volunteer activities with the Association will keep me actively involved with the cause.