Help Reclaim the Future for Millions – 2018 FiveBoro Bike Tour

Alzheimer’s & Dementia – a Robber of One’s Life and Those of the Caregivers

I want to do my part in supporting people who are affected by this horrible disease and their caregivers. Beginning March 1, 2018 thru May 6, 2018, DKBrownCreations will donate 10% of sales in order to support the 2018 FiveBoro Bike Tour taking place on May 6, 2018 in New York. Proceeds will go to CaringKind, the Heart of Alzheimer’s Caregiving. This organization provides free information, assistance and support for those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, as well as for their family members, caregivers and professionals.

How can you help?

On May 6, 2018, Alex will be participating in the drive to reach a goal by bicycling throughout New York (a 40 mile trip). This is who I will be sponsoring and I hope you will join me by making a purchase at www.dkbrowncreations.com or www.etsy.com/shop/dkbrowncreations. As indicated earlier I will be donating 10% of all sales to this worthy cause. Will you help me?

If you choose not to make a purchase, that is ok too but please visit this link to make a donation:  https://give.caringkindnyc.org/participant/Alexc

Alex’s Pledge to Help

I have included some photos of a few of those afflicted with this horrible disease. Alex pictured to the left is getting ready to ride his bike; he is someone I have known for about 5 years and he has participated in this fundraiser annually because personally, his mom, Terry and mother-in-law Lucy, have been afflicted with Alzheimer’s so he knows first hand the loss that is experienced by this disease. The number of Americans with Alzheimer’s will increase significantly over the next two decades, with expectations that the population of people age 65 and older will double.

 

Pictured below are Alex’s mom and mother-in-law. Can you imagine how hard it must be to know that your own mom can’t remember who you are and for that matter can no longer care for herself…..it is heart wrenching to say the least.

Terry, Alex’s mom also pictured is Alex and his brother, Danny

 

 

Alex’s mother-in-law, Lucy and his wife, Susan

 

Unfortunately, my story doesn’t stop there. I have another story about a young lady (my sister-in-law, Helen) that was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s very early in her life – she was only 49 years old….so young and this disease has progressed rapidly. It is amazing to know that this lady was

Dwight & Helen – the early days

once full of energy and joy, (I always loved her laughs) spoke 3 languages fluently and loved her family immensely…..they were her life and she worked so hard keeping her house in order, rearing 3 daughters, preparing wonderful meals for her family and very devoted to my brother, Dwight. Not anymore, this sweet lady is now 69 years old; that is still young in my eyes. She quit talking about 18 years ago and has been bed ridden since February 2010. There is just no trace of recognition when you talk to her. She just lays there in and out of sleep; can’t move, can’t talk, can’t care for her daily needs, and often has seizures that rack her little body – all my brother can do is hold her until they reside. Her family loves and cares for her 24/7 in their home– she is turned over every 2 hours, fed via a feeding tube, clothes and bed linens changed frequently. My brother, Dwight deserves a medal for all the care he has shown his wife. They had dreams of traveling after he retired from the Navy  but that didn’t happen; if she was able she would be  playing with her grandchildren and

Helen and her greatgranddaughter, Bernie

greatgrandchildren – I remember how much she loved her babies. In the photo provided is a photo of her first greatgranddaughter, Bernie –she doesn’t even know she has one and as you can see my brother has propped the baby close to her. Instead their life is made up of constant care needed to ensure his wife is ok. They have a daughter who lives close by and has put her life on hold it seems in order to help care for her mom (she wouldn’t want it any other way). Their efforts are amazing really. I would like to believe that our efforts toward this fundraiser will benefit them and others.

We have to try don’t we?

There just has to be an answer and cure! Will you help? Sadly, one day this might be you or someone you love……let that sink in…..and show some empathy for those that are living it today. I appreciate you taking the time to read this blog and I am sorry it isn’t very joyful but as you may not know – there is no joy in Alzhemers. Just a hope for a cure and prevention thru the support you and I provide.

 

Thanks in advance for your thoughts, prayers and support.

Warmest regards,

Debbie

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at dkbrowncreations@gmail.com

 

 

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