My mom was diagnosed with young onset Alzheimer's 10 years ago. Over the years, we've watched the disease progress, and now my mom is living in a Memory Care facility in order to get the care this horrific disease requires. I love my mom. She still knows me and regularly tells me I'm doing the right things in life, but I'm not quite sure she knows what that means anymore.
We lost my dad, her rock for 45 years, two years ago. He was her primary caregiver, and suddently without warning, my sister and I were flung into that role. This year, I walked down the isle to marry the man of my dreams and become a step-mom to the most amazing boy. As I begin life with my new family, I don't have a parent to turn to for often needed advice. This disease has taken that from me.
That's why I'm involved! I began playing Blondes vs. Brunettes in 2010 when I was living in Washington, DC - three years after my mom's diagnosis. I used it as a way to "do something" to fight this disease. I was feeling hopeless until I met many other young women and men who shared my story and supported me. When I moved home to care for my mom, I helped to start the game in the Twin Cities - and now we're in our 5th year and have raised nearly $700k!
This year, I'm taking on a new role as a Rallier. I'm not lacing my cleats this year. Instead, I'm caring for my mom as her needs grow and raising money and awareness to support the amazing women who continue to make this event one of the most successful in the country! I'm so proud of our work, but I won't be satisfied until we no longer have reason to play -- becuase we have a cure.
Women are at the epicenter of the Alzheimer’s epidemic. Nearly two-thirds of the Americans living with Alzheimer’s – and more than 60 percent of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers – are women. It’s time to take action by taking the field!
Please support my participation in RivALZ, a flag football game and fundraising competition to help end Alzheimer’s. We may be opponents on the field, but when it comes to Alzheimer’s, we’re all on the same side. This is a disease that 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.
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.