Sigma Kappa at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is so proud to be partnered with the Alzheimer's Association in an effort to help find a cure for this tragic disease. Sigma Kappa Epsilon Omega is a group of supportive, passionate, and incredible young women. Although none of us will be facing Alzheimer's in our near future, women have a 1 in 6 chance in developing the disease. A statistic that we need to see change. As the 6th leading cause of death, Alzheimer's disease has sadly affected many of our sisters and their families.
All around the country Walk to End Alzheimer's is taking place. Last year, many of these women listed below helped in the effort of raising more than $37,000. I am so proud to represent them as the leader of the Walk and watch them all unite again to fight for more research, care, and support regarding Alzheimer's disease, a common goal that is near and dear to all of our hearts.
Please consider donating to your favorite Sigma Kappa's personal page. Together we can improve millions of lives.
~~~ Here is a personal story from our loved sister, Gabi Trapani ~~~
"The last time I went to visit my grandpa, I asked him if he knew who I was and he said no. Alzheimer’s disease hits home for me because my grandpa who also happens to be my hero has been battling it for the past 8 years. For those of you who don’t know what Alzheimer’s disease is, it is a disease that causes memory loss.
Before Alzheimer’s, my grandpa was an engineer that graduated from UC Berkeley. He was a pilot and one of the smartest people I had ever met. He could name every single part of a muscle car and he had the greatest sense of humor. He also had the biggest heart.
I remember when he was first diagnosed and my family didn’t fully understand the extent of the disease. I mean, how could we? It’s hard to wrap your mind around the fact that someone you love and have spent a huge part of your life with will start to forget the memories and the people they loved.
As my grandpa’s Alzheimer’s progressed, we had to put him in a home for patients with Alzheimer’s and Dimensia. I’m sure you have probably all seen the Notebook and my grandpa has definitely given me my own notebook experience. I like to bring him a scrapbook and photos when I go visit to try to help him piece back the memories and people of his life that he’s forgotten. Even though he no longer knows who I am, I love him and know that somewhere in that confused/fading brain of his, he enjoys my company and loves me too.
Being in Sigma Kappa and having the opportunity to support the Alzheimer’s Foundation is very special and unique. "
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