Hello again everyone! It's official, I'm back for year #3. I thought I had my hands full last year as a Rookie Recruitment Chair and a goal of $5000. This January I was voted as a Bru Crew Co-Captain and will continue with that hefty $5000 goal.
2019 brings a new leadership team, a goal of $650,000 and four beneficiares (Center For BrainHealth, UT Southwestern, The Senior Source and UNT Health Science Center) that are willing and able to partner with us as we tackle Alzheimer's for our 12th year in a row. In the last 12 years, BvB Dallas has raised over 4.2 million that has been put back right into our very own DFW community. As we grow and challenge ourselves to do more, your continued support can make a HUGE difference.
Over the last two years, I have come to realize just how many people are affected by Alzheimer's Disease each and every day. Before joining in 2017, I have to admit, I was naive to the odds of Alzheimer's, its persistence and the devastation that can ripple throughout a family.
For my third year, I play for three reasons: June Gresham, those who are dealing with the disease now and the future.
In 2017, while talking to a coworker about BVB Dallas and how I got involved, I learned that his mother, June Gresham, was currently tackling Alzheimer's herself. I became a sounding board for him; someone who he could vent to, laugh with, and confide in that didn't put an addition toll on his family (who was also going through the pain of watching her deteriorate). The last two years, he and his family were able to become more involved, more aware and felt the support of a group of 150 young professionals who wanted to make a differnce in what they were experiening with June.
My second reason for playing is in support of those battling the disease now. Whether officially diagnosed or not, this disease can sneak up on someone and quickly take what they know as living and enjoying thier life, away. I play to encourage them to keep fighting because they are not alone. BvB Dallas has their back and we continue to make huge strides here in the Dallas area.
My third reason for playing is the future. I can say that I'm fortunate enough that I haven't personally dealt with Alzheimer's Disease. But there's a whole lot of future ahead of me and so many people who I care deeply about. Every 65 seconds someone in the U.S. develops the disease and it is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. With that being said, I play to bring awareness, to talk to those who are affected and to help tackle the cause through research, assistance programs and funding.
Thank you again for your continued support!