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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

My Grandmother...

Early this morning, my Grandmother passed away after a prolonged battle with Alzheimer's. She would have been 93 this year.

And as such, the greatest generation has lost another stalwart of that time.

But, and perhaps most importantly, my Granddad has his best friend and golf partner back.

I won't get into a long diatribe about her life, how she lived, and who she was. She was an amazing person who was the linchpin of my family. A true matriarch. And I'll leave it at that.

What I will say is that we must take aim at Alzheimer's. And eliminate it.

This disease - and what it robs from people who have lived full lives - can not be allowed to continue to do what it is doing. We must not be afraid to take the research steps necessary to eradicate this disease. We must take aim at what causes it, and find ways to prevent it.

Stem cell research, and other experimental forms of science and medicine must be allowed to seek the solutions to the question they're asked. There's no debate about spirituality here. It's about life and death. As it stands right now, this disease is a prolonged, painful and confusing path which ultimately leads to where it does. And I'm sure we can fight back against it.

I intend to honor my grandmother's life by working to raise awareness of this disease and to help those who are far smarter than I am to find the cure they're seeking.

Life... is worth it.

Thanks for reading.