My grandmother, Stella Moore Pope, was a force to be reckoned with. She was the epitome of a true Sothern woman. All charm and sass rolled up into a petite five foot nothing frame. She could only be compared to Julia Sugarbaker from Designing Women, a woman with a fiery spirit and a sharp tongue. She was also overwhelmingly generous and kind. She helped raise me and my siblings to be strong, confident, and compassionate individuals. She was our Mamie. She also had Alzheimer's.
Kate Lambert, an actor, writer, and improvisor once said of her own family experience with Alzheimer's disease, "It is a disease that has two deaths. You first mourn the death of their mind as you watch them slowly slip away from you, and eventually, after the disease has taken its toll, you have to say goodbye to them physically." Anyone who has been personally touched by this tragic disease knows first hand the toll it takes on everyone involved, from the millions of individuals currently living with Alzheimer's to the millions more caretakers. Alzheimer's is no longer just my grandmother's disease, but potentially my parents, my siblings, or even one day...my own. I dream of a world without Alzheimer's, and in order for this dream to come to fruition, I realized that awareness and advocacy starts with me.
I kindly ask for your support in my participation with RivALZ, a flag football game and fundraising competition to help end Alzheimer’s. This is a disease that must be defeated and we need your help to do it. Every dollar raised will advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association and directly benifit those affected by this tragic disease.
Thank you for helping us tackle this disease – win or lose, our true goal is a world without Alzheimer’s!
To eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.