I started my journey with the Alzheimer’s Association as chair of the Young Professional Alzheimer's Advocates of Washtenaw (YPAAW). This group encouraged me to join the committee for our first ever MIRivALZ! I loved being on the committee and Team Captain for Michigan that I came back the following year. As we head into our third year I will be stepping into the Chair position for Michigan RivALZ 2018.
I volunteer and play for my grandma who passed away from Alzheimer's in 2011. My grandma (Althea Melow) was a huge part of my life growing up and there is no bond like a grandparent to a grandchild. When my Grandma started to forget events and task, we chalked it up to old age, only to learn it was this devastating disease that was taking her from us. Nothing prepares you for this disease or the heartbreaking day when my grandma no longer remembered me. To watch her smile fade and her laugher stop but she remained was a horrific pain no family should have to go through.
The reality is there is no stopping, slowing, cure, or survivors of this disease.
As I was learning to live in a world without my grandma, I was hit by another loss. My grandpa (Clare Hein) didn't suffer from Alzheimer's disease but was my biggest supporter/fan and my only grandparent left. A month before I was set to take the field for RivALZ 2017 my Grandpa passed away. He never got to see me play or the awareness we raised in the community. As I take the field in 2018 I play to end the disease that took my Grandma and to honor my Grandpa who gave so much to others.
Please support my participation in the third Michigan RivALZ! RivALZ is two teams of women divided to reflect the age old rivalry of Michigan (Young professionals from Ann Arbor) VS Michigan State (Young Professionals from East Lansing) compete in a flag football game and inspires fundraising, awareness, and action in the Fight to End Alzheimer’s. This disease must be defeated and we need your help to do it. Your donation will advance the care, support, and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.
We may be opponents on the field, but when it comes to Alzheimer’s, we’re all on the same side. Tackling Alzheimer’s Together!
To participate in one of our fundraising events or to watch our fundraising battle you can follow us on fb: www.facebook.com/MIRivALZ
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