Napa Valley Life Magazine - Summer 2022

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heir father’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis led Ryan MacDonnell Bracher and her brother Miles MacDonnell to the Alzheimer’s Association, where they found the compassionate help and resources they needed to navigate the disease. “Elizabeth Edgerly, executive director for Northern California and Northern Nevada, was so caring and helpful in guiding our family throughout the process,” said Bracher, co-owner with her brother of Round Pond Estate. So when the duo (each of whom has lived within Napa Valley for more than 20 years) and their families considered a cause for Round Pond to support, the Alzheimer’s Association was a natural choice. “This was something very close to all our hearts. We were thrilled to start a program in 2020 of donating a percentage of Round Pond wine sales to the Alzheimer’s Association in honor of our dad and the 50 million people worldwide living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.” The organization focuses on providing support to those in need and enhancing care for those living with the disease and its mission of advancing research. “Through our work with the Alzheimer’s Association, we hear countless stories from customers, partners, and friends who have personally been touched by this disease that affects one-third of all seniors,” said Bracher, who well knows how shattering it is to watch a loved one struggle with the disease. “It is truly staggering how prevalent the disease is in our world today. The more we can educate people and shine some light on it, the more we can help those suffering from it, and the higher possibility that we may someday find a cure. Our dad believed in hard work, kindness, and taking care of people. Our partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association honors our dad and his commitment to making the world a better place.” //



Ryan Bracher and Miles McDonnell, Photo by Alexander Rubin

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