Alzheimer’s Association Reasons to Hope Breakfast – an Awe-inspiring Experience
April 7, 2015
I had the opportunity to get out of bed very early on a dark, rainy March morning to spend one hour of my day as a table host at the annual Reasons to Hope Breakfast, a fundraising event of the Greater Richmond Chapter Alzheimer’s Association. Each year I attend this event coming away affected in some way; however, this year was more emotionally charged and inspirational than ever before.
One of the guest speakers had been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s (affecting people younger than 65). The majority of the people in the room that early morning (about 300) were baby boomers. And as she carefully told her story, no one fidgeted, peaked at their phones or looked at their watches;her story affirmed that Alzheimer’s is no longer a disease of old age.
At the present time, Alzheimer’s is the only disease among the top 10 causes of death in America that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.
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