My dad was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. It was a shock and devastating for him and our family.
We could've never imagined our new reality. My dad was an athletic, involved and energetic person. He was funny and always had a dorky dad joke.
Today my dad needs help to do most things. He also still smiles when he sees his family, especially his grandkids, enjoys going outside and likes to listen to 70s classic rock. It's these glimpses of Dad that we hold onto. Sometimes he even still cracks a joke.
Alzheimer's is a terrible, tortuous disease at any age. It is a diagnosis without hope. There is no cure.
I wish I could've changed this for my dad. I hope I can change it for others through raising funds and awareness. I want there to be hope.
My dad is a humble person. He is kind and genuinely touched when people go out of their way for him. On his behalf, as well as mine, thank you for your support. ❤