In memory of mother, family mobilizes to fight Alzheimer’s

The Thompsons pose during the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Pictured from left to right, Mark, Bert, Eva, Adam, Lucy, Leah all wear shirts with their team name, “I Love Lucy.” (Submitted photo)

The Thompsons pose during the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Pictured from left to right, Mark, Bert, Eva, Adam, Lucy, Leah all wear shirts with their team name, “I Love Lucy.” (Submitted photo)

Throughout the past four years, one band of siblings and their father have raised more than $150,000 to help combat the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease, showing how much motivation can come with hope, love and pain.

The four siblings’ mother, Lucy Thompson, succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease nearly one year ago, at age 65. Their grandmother on their mother’s side died from the disease 20 years ago.

Alzheimer’s runs in the family, and they know the odds – a coin flip that they, too, will one day fall under the fog of a disease that physically eats the brain and sends its victims into a state of constant confusion as they literally lose their mind.

“Basically, right now, my family members, the four of us, we each have a 50-50 chance,” said Mark Thompson, who at 31 is the youngest.

But they hope to make those prospects less terrifying.

“Funding equals the cure, it really does,” said Thompson.

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