June is Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month, and I'm urging you to go purple and help me in the fight against a disease that truly terrifies me and has affected me on a very personal level.

With Grandma Fran at my college graduation in May 2007. (Laurie Cataldo)

While never officially diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, my grandmother suffered from a dementia-related illness, and I watched her slowly deteriorate over the years until finally losing her battle in March of 2008.

I am so much like her in many different ways, and it truly scares me to think I could wind up facing the same fate.

I'm happy to work with the Alzheimer's Association to both raise awareness of this awful disease, and to raise funds to find a cure.

At the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer's. (Laurie Cataldo)

I'll be participating again in this year's Walk to End Alzheimer's in Point Pleasant Beach on September 26, 2015. If you'd like to join me, click HERE to find out more.

Later this month, on June 21st, the Alzheimer's Association will hold The Longest Day, a freestyleevent where individuals and teams nationwide are encouraged to hold any kind of event (from walks to dancing to bowling to crafting) to raise funds. Even if you are unable to participate in The Longest Day, you're still encouraged to wear purple to show your support and raise awareness of the disease.

47 million people are suffering from dementia-related illnesses, and millions more are struggling to care from them and watching the people they love slip away. Enough is enough. Go purple with me. Let's end this.