If you ask Alex Soffer Bowden to describe her dad, she’ll list off adjectives like accomplished, goofy and kind.

She’ll describe a secret handshake they created together. She’ll tell you about his ascent in the military, rising to the rank of full Colonel, which put him in charge of hundreds of troops and a nuclear weapon. And she’ll describe dancing on her father’s feet in their family kitchen while he sang.

Those are memories that started to slip away from her father when he was just 63 years old – that’s when Tom Bowden was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Today, Tom requires around-the-clock care and isn’t able to stand on his own or speak.

Sadly, his story is not unique.

But his family refuses to back down.

In response to her father’s diagnosis, Alex has helped organize the 2018 Nashville Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which takes place at Walk of Fame Park on October 27. The walk is her way of honoring her father and the 120,000 other Tennesseans who are facing the same disease.

The Nashville Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the largest fundraiser of its kind in the state. Money raised goes to research, education and support for families like the Bowden’s. But the event relies on businesses like yours to successfully help more people each year.

If you’d like to give back to your community and get your business involved, please join Alex and the Alzheimer’s Association at the 2018 walk. Contact Emily Hinton at eehinton@alz.org or visit alz.org/walk for more information.