Ashley Campbell, daughter of country music legend Glen Campbell, (who announced in 2011 that he had Alzheimer's disease), teared up during an emotional Congressional testimony about funding for this devastating disease.
Ashley tearfully explained it is "getting harder" for her dad to follow along when they play music together, pleading to lawmakers and Congress, "Let's work together to end Alzheimer's."
Ashley is not only pleading to Congress, but she is also emotionally opening up about this terrible disease taking away her father's life's memories, including forgetting his own daughter's name.
Ashley grew up playing the banjo with her father, and he taught her how to play music and sing when she was a little girl. Although this disease is affecting her father's memory, Ashley stays grounded, and keeps her memories with her father close to her heart. This video of Ashley and her father playing "Dueling Banjos" with her father, is absolutely beautiful.
Watch as Ashley and her father makes country music "waves" on the stage together, as they enjoy a wonderful moment in time. Glenn refers to his daughter as "his little banjo player," and it's just heartwarming to see their amazing father/daughter connection.
Alzheimer's is progressive mental deterioration, in which the death of brain cells cause memory loss and cognitive decline. This disease typically starts out mild, but gets progressively worse in time.
In this video, Ashley pleads before Congress, explaining the great depths of this disease, and exactly how it personally affects her and her family.
She requests that Congress support the implementation of the National Alzheimer's Plan, and that Congress funds the President's budget request of an additional $100 million for fighting Alzheimer's disease.
If you or anyone you know is suffering from Alzheimer's disease, or you would like to make a donation, go to http://www.alz.org/ for more details on this devastating disease.
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