The Alzheimer’s Association is the largest nonprofit voluntary health organization dedicated to accelerating the progress in prevention, cure and living with Alzheimer’s disease. For those unaware of what exactly Alzheimer’s is, as many are, we hope to shine some light on the subject. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia, memory loss, and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily tasks, life, and memories. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of all dementia cases. It is a progressive disease, meaning that symptoms of dementia gradually worsen as time passes. In its early stages, memory loss is mild, and can be unrecognizable. However, with late-stage Alzheimer’s, individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to the people around them as well as their environment. Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and currently rack’s up more than 5 million Americans struggling with Alzheimer’s disease. That number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at great risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease. Currently, there is no cure. While many of us are not faced with the struggles brought on by Alzheimer’s, we can still make a difference in the lives of those who are. It could be as simple as one dollar, or as generous as you are financially comfortable with. Every little bit goes a long way, especially right now while important research is being conducted.
Founder Betsy Thagard holds Alzheimers disease close to her heart after the passing of her late Dad, Robert (Bob) Stevenson. Bob was 81 years old when he passed away after a long and courageous fight with Alzheimer’s for 13 years.
Bob was born on October 27, 1934 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He graduated from UC Berkeley with his BA in 1957 and again after completing Medical School from UC Berkeley in 1960 with his MD. He married his wife, Nethe in 1960 and celebrated 55 years together. Serving as an Army Reservist from 1959 – 1960 Bob became an Active Officer in the Army from 1960 – 1970 as a Lt. Colonel. He finished his Medical Residency while enlisted and then joined the Army Reserves again from 1986 – 1996. During this time he served in Desert Storm as the Chief of the Department of Urology at USA MEDDAC in Ft. Ord, CA. All the while he had his own Private Practice in Anaheim. Bob loved being in the Military and took great pride in serving his country. Helping others came naturally to Bob, so his role benefitting others lives as a doctor felt second nature to him. He was a very respected Urologist. Additionally, he had a strong love for animals and thought about becoming a Veterinarian. Bob loved horses and became a competitive Dressage Rider; he had his Pilots and Instrument licenses and flew his own plane. He played the classical guitar and was an avid fly fisherman, who tied his own flies. Bob had many hobbies and interests in various different areas; fencing, skiing, hunting, scuba diving, reading, listening to music, drinking fine wines and cooking fabulous gourmet meals. He was one of very few Americans to be granted a German Hunting License while living in Germany. He took pride in passing the test, which was written all in German. He wanted to make his mark on this world. He sure did. He not only participated in three Alzheimer’s clinical trials during his illness, but also wanted to donate his brain to Alzheimer’s research to help find a cure for this horrible disease. Bob will forever be a part of finding a cure.
A message from Bob’s daughter, Betsy:
“We couldn’t be more proud. We love him so much and miss him greatly. May he continue to Rest in Peace. All our love forever…”
B. toffee is a proud sponsor and will be collaborating with the Alzheimer’s Association with our B. Giving Initiative. We are leading the way to Alzheimer’s first survivor by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. Honoring our founder, Betsy Thagard’s, late father, Dr. Robert (Bob) Stevenson. Our company has created a B. toffee Team for the Alzheimer’s Walk that is being held Saturday Sept. 28th at the Great Park in Irvine. We are hoping to grow our teams participation and donations, as we hold this disease close to our hearts. If you would like to participate and show your support, a link will be provided below for you to join our team for the walk. If you can’t make it out but are still interested in gifting a donation, that is equally appreciated, and can be found in the same link provided below.
Thank you for joining the fight against Alzheimer’s!
All the best, B. toffee Team