I am very proud of my name - Brooke Morgan Sigler - because I'm named after my three grandfathers: Marce Brooks, Dean Morgan, and Roland Sigler, Sr.
Dean Morgan, my Grampa, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's several years ago. The day he was diagnosed, he gave up the keys to his car. He and Mamaw joined Trailblazers, an education and support group that is designed to provide support for individuals with early-stage Alzheimer's disease, and eventually led one of these groups. They have fundraised and lobbied congress for Alzheimer's Awareness. I am so proud of how proactive he has been, both with his own health and with his determination to help others suffering from the same ailment. This last few years have been especially hard for him, Mamaw, and our family as the effects of the disease become more and more obvious every day. I am playing his honor this year.
Marce Brooks, my PawPaw, got the same diagnosis recently. His battle with dementia has been much more rapid, and the past year has been detrimental to my namesake's brain health. Looking back, some of the signs of dementia and Alzheimer's were evident prior to his diagnosis, and because of that, I am fighting for better Alzheimer's and dementia education for those that are diagnosed and their caretakers. I am playing in his honor this year.
Roland Sigler, my PaPa, passed away in May 2014. He was a true servant. He was always looking for ways to help others, asking nothing in return. Whether it was fixing a fence, or mowing a lawn, or serving in the Air Force, PaPa was always doing something to make life better for someone else. His service to others taught me the importance of always helping a friend in need, and also taught me to take action and DO something about the things I want to change. Because of that, although he didn't suffer from Alzheimer's disease, I am playing his memory this year.
My Grandfathers are the reason taking the field with the Association Blondes vs. Brunettes®, a nationwide women’s flag-football league created to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association. I want to give Grampa and PawPaw the support they need and deserve, and I want to live my life like PaPa did.
Ultimately, the true goal is a world without Alzheimer's.
Thank you in advance for your generosity. Together, we can tackle Alzheimer's disease.