Early in the year Tammi Wilson was diagnosed with Pick’s Disease, a rare neurological disease.
By mid-July she was no longer able to work and facing a four-month waiting period for disability benefits.
When her employers and other friends heard of her diagnosis and learned more about Pick’s, they began organizing the community.
On Sept.14 the Boundary came out in a big way at Lion’s Park in Greenwood to support Tammi at an event that brought in nearly $12,000.
The Legion donation adds to that amount.
Pick’s disease is one of a family of diseases known as Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD). While rare, accounting for only between one and five per cent of all dementias, it is the most common cause of early-onset dementia in people under 60 years of age.
Pick’s disease usually begins after age 40; neither the cause nor the cure for Pick’s disease is known.
The outcome for people with FTD is poor. The disease progresses steadily and often rapidly, ranging from less than two years in some individuals to more than 10 years in others.
Depending on the symptoms and severity of the disease, the patient may need monitoring and help with personal hygiene and self-care. Eventually, there may be a need for 24-hour care and monitoring at home or in a special facility.
More information is available online from the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration at www.theaftd.org
Donations can be made for Tammi in trust at the Heritage Credit Union in Greenwood.