I got involved with Alzheimer's Association when my dad was diagnosed with the disease over 16 years ago. I took Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver classes with my family and my mom and I took dad to participate in drug studies in New Haven, my fingers were crossed for a cure with every drug he tested. We have walked to end Alzheimer’s in Hartford every year since he was diagnosed. I have had bake sales, paint nights and Casual for a Cause Days at Work. I have supported every Alzheimer’s Association local event I could attend. I joined the Hartford Walk to End Alzheimer’s Committee 3 years ago now. It's nice to have a change of pace and help out the Association even more.
The last three years of dad's life he needed more care than could be done at home and he became a resident at an Alzheimer’s unit of a nursing home.
Everything I do for Alzheimer’s Association, I do for dad. I would run to see him after every Alzheimer’s Association event and tell him how much we raised or how we made a difference.
He lost his courageous battle last March. He was a great man, father, husband, brother and son and it was very hard losing him to the disease. I'm still fighting for a cure but now in honor of dad. He wouldn't want anyone else to have the disease.