Swimming miles for Alzheimer’s Research in honor of my sister, Meredith Katzman, who passed away on August 10, 2019.
I never thought much about Alzheimer’s disease. Until the day we realized that my sister, Meredith, only in her 60’s, was experiencing serious memory loss. Then she was saying and doing things that didn’t make sense. Then she got lost driving. Then the folks at her Florida condo complained that she was roaming aimlessly and acting confused. Things went rapidly downhill from there. She moved to a residential memory loss home. Within a year, she started shuffling rather than walking. She couldn’t complete a sentence. She fell a number of times. She needed surgery for a cracked vertebrae after a fall. She landed in the hospital for various infections. She stopped eating. Hospice was called in. Ten days later she died.
Now I think a lot about Alzheimer’s disease. My sister, Meredith, was an athletic retired nutritionist who moved to Florida to be near her son, Andrew, to swim her laps year round, to perhaps start a private nutrition practice. That plan was cut short. She swam her laps until she couldn’t. Then she forgot that she ever could.
Since my sister began to exhibit the first signs of memory loss, I have realized that many families have similar stories. I want to honor my sister by swimming miles for Alzheimer’s research. Please help me by contributing to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund as I spend the next year swimming 100 miles.
Cure Alzheimer’s Fund is a nonprofit dedicated to funding research with the highest probability of preventing, slowing or reversing Alzheimer’s disease. Founded in 2004, CureAlz Research Leadership Group of 31 world-class scientists at institutions across the globe have directed nearly $100 million to Alzheimer’s research. 100% of every donation CureAlz receives goes directly to research, as the Board of Directors covers all overhead expenses.