Each day it’s our privilege to work with individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s and related dementias here at the Alzheimer’s Association.
We’ve seen many faces, heard many voices, and shared the heartaches, hopes, and humor of those afflicted with Alzheimer’s and the families, friends, and dedicated professionals who offer them solace and support, including persons in the early stage of Alzheimer’s like:
• Lon—a combat medic, police officer, father, grandfather, and writer—who was diagnosed almost two years ago and has found his voice to help and motivate others by writing honest, powerful poetry.
• Suzanne—a former college teacher and oncology nurse—who volunteers in our office, participates in clinical trials, and eloquently and freely shares her story of the battle with Alzheimer’s.
• Family caregivers like Kevan and his sons, Lennon and Rio—whose wife and mother, Teri, is 55 and was diagnosed with the disease almost four years ago—who are determined to keep her at home with them as long as possible.
Nationwide, 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s. In Washington State, 110,000 over the age of 65 and an estimated that 5,000 to 11,000 people under the age of 65 have Alzheimer’s or related dementia, many diagnosed in their 40s and 50s, at the peak of their careers, oftentimes with children still at home or in college. Regardless of the person’s age, families shoulder a tremendous emotional, physical and financial toll of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s.
Please join us for our Ales for Alzheimer’s fundraiser in lower Queen Anne on Saturday, January 28, from 4PM to 8PM in support of the programs and services serving these individuals and families. Your commitment to the Alzheimer’s Association translates our collective hope into outreach, care, and advocacy that makes a difference in the lives of individuals and families you know, like Lon, Suzanne, Kevan, Teri, Lennon and Rio—and friends you have yet to meet—all struggling to cope with a devastating and as yet incurable disease.
Ales for Alzheimer’s – Winter Edition, is planned for Saturday, January 28, 2012 from 4PM to 8PM. For $40, in addition to supporting programs and services at the Alzheimer’s Association, you will have the opportunity to tour a select number of pubs and bars in lower Queen Anne and enjoy a variety of ales along the way. Registration includes one 8 oz. beer at each participating location, a commemorative t-shirt, the chance to win great door prizes, and free admission to the after party at Floyd’s featuring live music by The Bomb Squad!
To register for Ales for Alzheimer’s or for more information about our programs and services visit www.alzwa.org
I look forward to meeting you on January 28 in lower Queen Anne!
Bob Le Roy
President and Chief Executive Officer
Alzheimer’s Association, Western & Central Washington State Chapter