Katie has been a friend of mine and many of our mom bloggers for several years now. She has always supported the Cape Cod Mommies group and dream. We are proud to stand with her in her goal to help End Alzheimer's. Her story is not uncommon & it is something that many of us may have to face with our own parents & children someday. ~Amy
Auction is now LIVE thru Sept 1, 2013!: https://www.facebook.com/events/414237335360425/
By: Katie Ginnetty
My father has always been my rock. If you asked anybody that knows him about him, they'd tell you he is the nicest guy in the world. I have always been his baby girl (aka favorite. Sorry bros!) And I always will be. He was the greatest dad; always there to play, at every sports game, helping to study for exams, playing taxi at all hours (I could go on and on). He is the reason I am the person who I am today. He was an incredibly smart man, who was studying to become a brain surgeon in his early years, but as irony would have it, at the age of 58, he was diagnosed with dementia.
I can't tell you how much I hate this disease. This disease forced my father into early retirement and his young age and home ownership allowed him to easily slip through many cracks, insurance-wise and in other financial ways. For a while he was still able to live alone at his house, but eventually came to the point where his doctor felt that he could not live alone anymore. He was too healthy for a nursing home (and we really didn't want him there anyway) and neither my brothers nor I were able to take him in or to live with him (we have all taken turns trying). We were absolutely torn on what was the next best move for him but we decided to sell his house in order to pay for an assisted living facility, which is private pay only. He moved in in August 2012 and currently resides in a memory care unit. Once his money runs out in a couple of years, he will have to move into a nursing home.
We visit him as often as we can and he has his share of mediocre days and his share of not-so-great days. So far, he still remembers who we are, but just last week when I mentioned my mother's name to him (they were married for 15 years), he couldn't remember her. He also has no idea who Whitney (my daughter) is. He does not comprehend that she is my baby, nor will he ever be able to tell me her name. Watching somebody that you love so incredibly much, slip away from you right before your eyes is absolutely heart-wrenching. I can't fathom the thought that someday my father won't recognize my face. It's hard to accept the fact that things will probably never get easier, but there is currently no cure for Alzheimer's or dementia.
That is why on September 21, just 3 days after my father's 64th birthday; I am walking in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's. I walk in honor of the best man I'll ever know. The Alzheimer’s
Association® is the leading voluntary organization in Alzheimer research, care and support. They are dedicated to finding prevention methods, treatments and an eventual cure for the disease. I pray that someday soon they will find a cure for this disease that is so tolling both on the affected individual and
My team and I plan to raise at least $1,750 for the Alzheimer's Association. We plan to raise some of this money through a Facebook auction in which all proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association through our team donation page.
I am hoping to have the auction up and running by the week of August 19th. I currently have quite a few donations but am still looking for donations in the form of goods to be donated to the auction. If anyone is interested in donating, please contact me via a PM message on Facebook, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If anyone is feeling generous and would like to make a monetary donation,
you can do so here on OUR PAGE! Every dollar counts. My team and I appreciate any and all donations!!
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