Today would have been my dad’s 100th birthday – instead of celebrating a huge milestone, I am sitting here pondering all of the wonderful milestones that he has missed in my life …. the birth of my children, the celebrations of their communions, sweet sixteens, high school graduations, awards etc. And, I have missed 20 years of his guidance – he was not only my father, but my mentor and friend. When I needed advice on finances, insurance, big life decisions, or even gardening, he was there to offer support.
I also sit here frustrated; frustrated that 20 years have passed and we still do not have the answers for treatments or a cure for Alzheimer’s. How can that be? How can TWENTY years have passed, and we are no closer to a cure?
This hike that I am doing, is more than just a fundraiser or an awareness builder. It is a gesture of love for my dad and for all those suffering…it is pushing my own limits physically and encouraging those that can, to push their limits as well – pushing to continue research….pushing to fund scientists….pushing to never give up….the answer is out there and if we all push our limits, even just a little bit, we can find the answers that we seek….
If you would like to learn more about the hike, or to have your loved one honored/remembered, please visit my site at http://bit.ly/karenshike – Happy 100th Birthday in Heaven Daddy – I hope that you and Mommy are enjoying a lobster, a martini and a beautiful slow dance.