Kevin's Early Onset Alzheimers

$6,100 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 172 people in 21 months
Kimberly Smith
on behalf of Kevin Ducharme
 SEBRING, FL
Thank you to everyone who has donated to Kevin. It is even more important now as it seems he will not be receiving much of the back pay from social security. The financial blessings are so appreciated not just because it is money. Each time a donation is posted, a smile goes across kevins face. He is reminded that he is not forgotten and he is not alone. Because of the Alzheimers, his behaviors can be erratic and many do not know how to handle this new Kevin. With the exception of my children and me, Kevin has very few visitors. He spends his days alone and has a hard time leaving his home. Most friends and family have abandoned Kevin because they do not understand that this is the diaease not him. So thank you for reminding him that he is still cared about and loved. Right now he could use a few friends that will understand and be there for him.

For those of you that do not know Kevin's story, he
 is my 41 year old brother  who has been diagnosed with  Early Onset Alzheimers.  After taking care of a grandmother and mother with the same illness, my brother is now traveling the same road. 

Our family has a rare form called Hippocampal Sparing Alzheimers meaning our memories stay while the rest dwindle away. Already his IQ has gone from 154 to 104 and his processing speed has dropped 50 points. He can no longer work and requires assistance with organizational tasks like laundry and cleaning.

We watched as my mother was diagnosed with personality disorder, bi-polar, and many other illnesses.  It was not until we received her brain autopsy that we discovered how damaged her brain was in the area of personality, behaviors, motor control, processing speed, sensory and organization. The worse part was watching friends and family disappear as they could no longer  deal with her behavior.  Now, it is happening to Kevin He no longer has any social contact with people-most are not sure how to handle him and choose to ignore him and his phone calls.  He is alone, depressed and scared to what his future holds.

He finally won disability after two years and that should make him financially comfortable with the backpay. ..But it won't. To pay for the past two years, Kevin had to borrow $800 a month totally over $16000.  I am hoping to raise enough to pay back what is owed and give Kevin a bit to have as a cushion for going to research facilities for Alzheimer's studies and for future long term care.  He will be living on $731 a month which barely covers his living expenses. Kevin probably has 5-6 years given my mother's history. Please get the word out and let Kevin know he has not been forgotten and maybe lift his spirits a bit.  I have been down this road with my mother and cannot believe we are doing it again. Thanks

Kimberly
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Kevin is awaiting more tests....it seems that all he has lately is more tests . Each time we get a test completed, we find out something new, but are no closer to any answers. It seems we are farther away from getting any answers... Latest testing shows that his triglycerides are over 750 which is affecting his pancreas. It seems that he is doing some significant damage to his body while he tries to lower the triglycerides. The Dr seems to think it is a hereditary condition. He also has a hypothyroid causing him to lose so much energy. The Dr. also scheduled some lung xrays because he is wheezing and his exhaling sounds a bit off. We are worried about the pancreas because Kevin has had quite a few symptoms for the past few years but we had no idea. He is now throwing up bile everyday (quite a bit) Keep him uplifted and any help you can give him will be a great blessing.
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Thank you everyone who has helped my brother. We are about to embark on a new journey of testing and evaluations. Hopefully, once everything is completed, we will be able to enter him into some research or clinical trials.
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Thank you to everyone who has donated to Kevin. It is even more important now as it seems he will not be receiving much of the back pay from social security. The financial blessings are so appreciated not just because it is money. Each time a donation is posted, a smile goes across kevins face. He is reminded that he is not forgotten and he is not alone. Because of the Alzheimers, his behaviors can be erratic and many do not know how to handle this new Kevin. With the exception of my children and me, Kevin has very few visitors. He spends his days alone and has a hard time leaving his home. Most friends and family have abandoned Kevin because they do not understand that this is the diaease not him. So thank you for reminding him that he is still cared about and loved. Right now he could use a few friends that will understand and be there for him.
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Let's help Kevin raise enough to go to some different research opportunities.
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Kevin Ducharme
19 months ago
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To all my long time friends at Cracked.com, thank you so much. I woke up astounded to see how much support I have received. I don't want to thank everyone individually because people donate what they can and 5$ means just as much to my spirit as 50$. But I do have to give a special thanks to J Furlott. Your donation had me in disbelief and even though I'll probably never meet you, I hope you know just how much that meant to me.

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Kevin Ducharme
9 months ago
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Again, I am astounded by the support from all of my fellow Cracked friends. I am going through a very tough time right now and all the well wishes in the comments on my article, and also the unbelievable generosity has really made me feel cared about. Honestly, I seriously have no friends or family left that talk to me at this point except my sister and (occasionally) my father. It's nice to know people care about me still.

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Kevin Ducharme
21 months ago
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To people that have shared or donated, I can't even begin to thank you enough. It is difficult for me to accept charity since many of you know that I've spent a lot of my life helping others. Every donation gives me hope and strength to go on. The money means less to me than knowing that people actually care about me.♥ you all. Kevin

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Raised by 172 people in 21 months
Created May 20, 2016
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ryan thompson
1 month ago

Read about you on cracked.com. My grandfather had alzheimers and my heart goes out to you. Stay strong.

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4 months ago
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4 months ago
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Sameil of Vazaelle
6 months ago

Kevin - stay strong and know that all the guys up here in Pittsburgh are praying for you and wishing you the best.

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6 months ago
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9 months ago
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Kevin Ducharme
19 months ago
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To all my long time friends at Cracked.com, thank you so much. I woke up astounded to see how much support I have received. I don't want to thank everyone individually because people donate what they can and 5$ means just as much to my spirit as 50$. But I do have to give a special thanks to J Furlott. Your donation had me in disbelief and even though I'll probably never meet you, I hope you know just how much that meant to me.

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Kevin Ducharme
9 months ago
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2

Again, I am astounded by the support from all of my fellow Cracked friends. I am going through a very tough time right now and all the well wishes in the comments on my article, and also the unbelievable generosity has really made me feel cared about. Honestly, I seriously have no friends or family left that talk to me at this point except my sister and (occasionally) my father. It's nice to know people care about me still.

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Kevin Ducharme
21 months ago
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To people that have shared or donated, I can't even begin to thank you enough. It is difficult for me to accept charity since many of you know that I've spent a lot of my life helping others. Every donation gives me hope and strength to go on. The money means less to me than knowing that people actually care about me.♥ you all. Kevin

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