This year my father passed away after a decade with dementia. I have told the story of Ron Bates for 10 years to anyone who would listen. Our family endured a financial hardship and emotional stress that you can’t understand unless you too have watched a loved one fade away, only a memory, as theirs disappear.
Ours is not the only story like this. Currently 23,000 people in Idaho are living with Alzheimer’s. For every one of them, there are sons, daughters, husbands and wives living with a collection of grief, shame and stress.
I refuse to sit back and do nothing but mourn. I am actively fighting to make Alzheimer’s a distant memory.
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. As this year’s event chair, I am joining participants of all ages in the movement to reclaim the future for millions at Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday at Julius M. Kleiner Park in Meridian.
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To start or join a team today, visit Walk to End Alzheimer’s at alz.org/walk. For more information, visit alz.org, or call the 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.
J Bates, Nampa