I have so many fond memories of growing up in the Midwest and celebrating the holidays with family, friends and neighbors. I remember ice skating on the pond with my brothers, and my Dad giving my Mom a break by cooking for the holidays. It wasn’t until I started working with families facing this terrible disease that I truly understood how precious those memories are to me.
As my kids write their wish lists and ask for their favorite holiday dishes, as we watch The Polar Express and ice skate at the Hotel Del Coronado, my work here makes these memories all the more precious. When I tell my children about the incredible people I have the privilege of serving at the Alzheimer’s Association, I speak of their courage, their grace and their dignity. They fight this terrible disease as families and valiantly try to hold on to their memories of holidays past. These families drive me forward. They keep my passion strong because I see their struggle as their precious family memories slip away.
As more and more of our friends and families are stricken with Alzheimer’s disease, we have to promise them more, commit to them more, and honestly just do more. I need you in this fight. I need your voice to invite others to join us, your talents as a volunteer and, yes, your dollars.
Please remember these families and the Alzheimer’s Association in your year-end giving. I ask you to give generously. I promise that we will honor your gift by doing everything we can to help people with dementia. I promise we will be there for those who love and care for them. Every day -- for as long it takes.
With warm holiday wishes,
President & CEO
Alzheimer's Association San Diego Chapter
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