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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
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i will blog on these plus other things noted to be interesting

Monday, November 4, 2019

it was a good day

there i am standing on the podium looking out over about 600 folks holding flowers of different colors listening to me speak
off to the side stood my wife and my family and my friends
she knew to stand out of my line of sight
if i looked at her and ms b and mr h i wouldnt be able to do my presentation

about 30 minutes before i was interviewed for about 5 minutes or so by the local tv news
one thing i told them was that
we need more research dollars and we need desperately more research volunteers for our clinical studies
without these two things we arent going to find a treatment or cure for this disease

to read what i said read last fridays and saturdays blog

now they asked me to hold the blue flower
for those with alzheimers disease and other dementias
the other flowers are

purple is for those who have lost someone to the disease
our family gets to carry at least two of these

yellow is for those caring for or supporting someone with the disease
we dont get that one yet but one day we will

orange is for those who support the cause
hopefully thats all of you

next to last is my blue flower
its for those with the disease
i one day want to turn that one in for the white one
the last one
the one i really really want to hold is the
white one to represent the first alzheimers survival person
if i could be that person
then all im doing will have been worth it
i know thats not going to happen
i can get close though
as close as i can

we raised that day $145000+ with the ultimate goal of $240000 which we will reach as other fundraisers are planned in the next two months

where does that money go

4% goes to administrative costs
so $9600 will go to this

19% goes to fundraising
so $45600 will be spent on this
basically youll spend this to get $240000

77% goes to research and advocacy and support and care and awareness
of the $240000 that will be raised here $184000 will be spent on this
at least 65% is a good number for a reputable charity

when you donate to charity these are the numbers you need to know

the alzheimers association spent $165000000 on alzheimers research projects last year

ill admit i was crying and choked up way before i got started
listening to all the people with the flowers talk before me
if you could hear the video of my speech you can hear it in my voice

i have just accepted that i will do it cry that is so i just power through

i must say as i looked out over the crowd i saw that a lot of folks were wiping their eyes as i was talking
me i just let them stream down my face
wiping them later
after we talked on the podium we lead the 600 folks out under the balloon arch along the beautiful sidewalk route along the beach here

thanks to all who donated and or gave us moral support
it seems each year we get closer to a cure and or treatment

if you havent donated to our walk or to your local alzheimers walk you can do so until the end of the year

our santa barbara walk to end alzheimers was on saturday november 2, 2018
here is the link to my team and the walk site

click and donate 
donate or join your local walk where you live

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