Walk for Alzheimer’s

Posted Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Fort Worth’s annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s officially starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in Trinity Park.

But my personal walk to end this terrible disease started 11 years ago, when my wife, Jan, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the tragically early age of 49.

You probably know the cold facts about Alzheimer’s: Five million Americans currently live with the disease (1 in 9 over age 65). Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States.

But unless you have served as a hands-on caregiver for a family member afflicted with this mind-robbing disease, you can’t imagine the cruelty with which it takes its victims. It takes away a tiny bit of the patient’s life and dignity every day over the course of several years until he or she can no longer even recognize a spouse, child or grandchild.

Only one thing can spare future generations from this disease: a cure. Only one thing can bring us a cure: research. And there’s only one thing research needs to find that cure: money to support the doctors and scientists dedicated to this research.

To join the walk or make a donation to its cause, go to alz.org and click on the link to Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Help us realize our vision: a world without Alzheimer’s.

— Paul T. Morgan, board member, North Central Texas Chapter of Alzheimer’s Association, Fort Worth

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