Mary's Walk Donation Page
This will be a special Walk this year as Mom turns 90 in November. #Keep Fighting!
The story is still the same, but the need to continue to make progress in finding a way to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, prevent it and cure it, is more urgent as each day goes by. Thanks for reading her story and for supporting our efforts to end this progressive disease that not only take away memories but lives.
My story is really my Mom's story. It is why I walk.
It was only a few weeks before my 7th birthday that my Dad passed away, leaving my Mom to raise five children between the ages of 7 and 13 on her own.
Mom, full of love for her kids, her faith and extended family and friends not only worked hard to bring up her own children but extended herself and whatever she had to help others. She was always grateful for what she had and did not focus on what she did not have. So she shared our home with others until they could get on their feet; she not only took care of her grandkids while their parents worked but she also took in other kids that also needed a place to stay while their parents worked.
Mom also loved to cook and to this day I don't know how she managed to cook for so many, so effortlessly. She cooked for many events at the church she attended, many times being the only person buying, prepping and cooking for a crowd of 50 or more. She also sent people home with tasty treats she knew they and their family would enjoy.
I can go on and on but I think you understand by now what a strong, dedicated, loving, caring and giving person she was and still is. Alzheimer's disease has taken away her ability to live independently; to do the things she enjoyed in the past; the ability to cook and to venture out of the house on her own and sadly, the ability to retain precious memories. She now needs to be taken care of.
Most of her memories now are in the moment, so fleeting - lost within minutes. As the disease progresses, I can't bear the thought of her not remembering me or our family, so I walk to help make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer's disease.
I walk because I want there to be a cure before the disease takes over more and more of who she is. I walk for the many others that suffer from Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, and those that could not fight any longer and for the future generations that will feel the full impact of this disease. I walk for my sisters, brothers, family, friends, and even for myself and you, as Alzheimer's doesn't discriminate - any one of us can be the next victim, as 1 in 3 seniors die with Alzheimer's or some form of dementia.
By participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's, I'm committed to raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer research, care and support.
Amazing things can happen with your support. I hope you will join me and choose to make a difference to help end Alzheimer's disease by making a donation to this worthy cause. Help make this a world without Alzheimer's.
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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