My father is a self made man who I look up to and has worked hard to provide the best for his family. He taught me I can achieve anything I set my mind to. My love of history and the New York Giants comes from his influence. I have fond memories of sitting on the couch together watching history movies, Battle of the Bulge, Iwo Jima, and more. If we weren't at the Giants game, we were together watching the game. Food was always the same: 1 pm games -- cold cuts, 4 pm games -- Chicken Nest fried chicken and Monday nights -- fried chicken. I miss those times as he is no longer able to follow movies or the football games.
He has been my biggest supporter as I worked toward my degree in cardiology. What drew me to cardiology is the ability to prevent, diagnose and treat patients; improving their longevity and quality of life Cardiology has had the resources to make an impact on people's lives. This is my wish for Alzheimer's disease and hope of what we can achieved. Our ability to prevent, diagnose early, or effectively treat people with Alzheimer's Disease is not enough nor are the resources and the laws to address the issues faced by families.
I became involved with Alzheimer's junior committee almost a year ago as a way to have an impact and be among peers who were going through similar experiences having a loved one with Alzheimer's. I became a runner two years ago after thinking I could never run more than a mile. Now, I have embarked on one of my greatest challenges and endeavors of my life, ING NYC Marathon, in honor of my father. I know I can do it with my father as my inspiration and the knowledge I am fighting Alzheimer's Disease.