Jun 212011
Facing The Longest Day with Endurance, Love and Courage

Today I am walking as part of the Alzheimer’s Association Longest Day™ in honor of my mother’s brother, Armand Paluzzi, and my father’s brother, Patrick Burns. My Uncle Pat was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a few years ago. He had to leave his wife and his home to move into a full-time care facility, where the disease quickly and sadly progressed. My wonderful Uncle Pat passed away from this horrible disease shortly thereafter. My Uncle Armand [...]

Jun 212011
No Excuses: Working Toward an End to Alzheimer’s

I’ll never forget the first time I saw my grandmother and realized that she didn’t recognize me. It’s like a punch in the gut that you can’t recover from. During the course of the next two years we witnessed her fade away. Alzheimer’s disease is a thief. It stole her memories, her independence, her quality of life and ultimately contributed to her death. It’s the only cause of death among the top 10 in America without a way to [...]

Jun 212011
New Meaning to The Longest Day

When I was a kid, the longest day of the year was always one of the most exciting.  School was out and we could play outside until dark — and even stay up a little longer to catch fireflies.  It was a time of no worries. But today, on the longest day of the year, I am walking more than 10 miles in honor of those who are enduring a life with Alzheimer’s. I am especially [...]

Jun 212011
On The Longest Day, I’m Committed to the Challenge Ahead

Today, I have the honor of participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Longest Day™.  I’m excited to stretch my legs as I explore the nation’s capital and reinvigorate my passion for fighting Alzheimer’s disease, the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.  I work at the Alzheimer’s Association because this disease took my grandmother when I was in high school, and I’ll be thinking of her today. It’s fitting to be taking in some of [...]

Jun 212011
Going a Marathon Distance in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s

My name is Irene Hammer-McLaughlin. My dad Russ (his real name is Shelton, so you can see why he went by Russ!) died of vascular dementia in January 2005. In October that same year, my mom Stella (we won’t even go into her real name) was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Today I’m running for four hours as part of the Alzheimer’s Association Longest Day™ because I want to honor my parents, my sister who serves [...]

Jun 212011
The Sun Rises on The Longest Day

My grandfather is living with Alzheimer’s disease.  My stepfather, Morley, serves as a paid caregiver and companion to a man with Alzheimer’s disease, Roy. Today, I am walking for three hours as part of the Alzheimer’s Association Longest Day™  in honor of these men — Poppy, Morley and Roy — and also my grandmother, Granny Bea, who is Poppy’s caregiver. As I got up bright and early this morning (just before the crack of dawn) [...]

Jun 172011
The Longest Day Is Still Ahead – but I’m Up for the Challenge

On June 21, the longest day of the calendar year, I’m proud to be participating in a new event: the Alzheimer’s Association Longest DayTM, a sunrise-to-sunset relay supporting those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.  Along with my co-workers at the national office in Chicago and our public policy office in D.C., we’ll run, bike, walk and complete other endurance activities to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Living with Alzheimer’s disease or [...]

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