My mamaw who passed away Alzheimer's this past Halloween
I used to spend my summers with my grandmother in Tennessee. I remember those days to be some of the best moments in my childhood. I’m ashamed to admit that the older I became, the more her and I grew apart. I always knew I needed to work on my relationship with her but never “had the time.”
Eventually we learned of her diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and she declined pretty quickly. It started with her forgetting where things were and escalated to her not remembering she had children, let alone grandchildren. Alzheimer’s is a garden disease for loved ones to face and I was no exception. I couldn’t go to her when she needed me most because I feared she wouldn’t remember me. I kept my distance until it was too late and the disease took her from us. The next time I would see my grandmother was in a casket at her viewing. I’m not proud of my inability to cope and there’s nothing I can do to change what’s been done, but I can fight for the people who are doing to experience how horrible this disease is for all involved.
I come to you today to ask for your help and to join me in fighting this disease. 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.
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.