I walk for my father, Juan M. Baertl. ┬áMy father, known to his family and friends as ΓÇ£ManucoΓÇ¥, was diagnosed with AlzheimerΓÇÖs in 2001.┬á ┬áA practicing family physician for over 20 years, former president of his local LionΓÇÖs Club chapter, a research physician and professor in pediatric nutrition, and co-founder of a clinic that specialized in nutrition for the┬áPeruvian children of the Andes, he made it his lifeΓÇÖs mission to help others who are in need.┬á He loved spending time with his patients, tending to his prized pigeons, and working in his yard.┬á People who know him still talk about his kindness and generosity.
Even though these past ten years have been the most challenging experience for our family, my mother, my sister, and I are so thankful to be part of his life. ┬áWe, his girls, knew that there were many other people affected by this disease and knew that not everyone affected had the resources to take care of their loved one.┬á ┬áThree years ago, we created Team All4Juan to continue his compassionate mission of helping those who are in need.┬á Our team has raised funds for and awareness of the annual Walk to End AlzheimerΓÇÖs here in Beaumont.┬á┬á┬á Our goal is to help the AlzheimerΓÇÖs Association further its cause to end this disease and to help those patients, families, and caregivers who have been affected by this disease.
Our teamΓÇÖs goal is to raise A LOT of money this year.┬á We know that funds raised at this event will go towards research, caregiver support, prevention, treatments, and hopefully a cure.┬á Over 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease and that number is expected to grow. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.
The reason why Team All4Juan participates in the Walk to End AlzheimerΓÇÖs is to be a part of an event that calls all kinds of people to take a stand against this disease.┬á Teams, families, and supporters who attend this annual event come together because they want you to know if you or someone you love has AlzheimerΓÇÖs, you are not alone. There are many people in Southeast Texas who want to make this disease a distant memory.