But what what about honoring Nancy Reagan's wishes for her husband?
"When Ronnie wrote his letter to the people telling them that he'd been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, I didn't really know or understand what that meant. I really didn't. But-I found out. Those with AD are on a rocky path that only goes downhill. Ronnie's long journey has finally taken him to a distant place where I can no longer reach him. We can't share the wonderful memories of our 52 years together, and I think that is the hardest part. And because of this I'm determined to do whatever I can to save other families from this pain.
"And now science has presented us with a hope called stem cell research, which may provide our scientists with answers that have so long been beyond our grasps. I just don't see how we can turn our backs on this--there are so many diseases that can be cured, or at least helped. We have lost so much time already, and I just really can't bear to lose anymore.
"All of you are here tonight because you believe not just in science but in hope. By supporting stem cell research, everyone here is a caregiver."
Want to honor Reagan? Be a caregiver. Vote Kerry.