Tori's Walk Donation Page
If you are wondering why I am here... here's the short story. I am walking in memory of both of my Grandmothers... Margherite Vigorito and Florence Dewhirst... or as I like to refer to them... Mema and Gram. What you will quickly learn is that this has very little to do with me... and a lot to do with them.
Our family lost both Gram & Mema in 2016 from Alzheimer's. Both of my grandmothers were intelligent, creative and powerful women. They lived very different lives, and both had very different journey's with Alzheimer's. As parts of them would slip away over time, I always tried to keep the memories I had of them alive. I see bits and pieces of them in my parents, my aunts and uncles, my sisters. I can remember them through paintings, song lyrics, poetry, photographs, the smell of my grandmother's perfume. And I can can honor them, by continuing to tell their story.
You see.. this has very little to do with me. It's about them. It's about anyone who has been affected by this disease and their loved ones. It's about the caregivers, like my parents, who gave parts of themselves away over time, but would never ask for anything in return. It's about keeping memories alive. It's about finding a cure, so that one day we can live in a world without Alzheimer's.
If you can make a donation, walk with me, or even took the time to read this... I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.
Together, we can end Alzheimer's disease. Please make a donation to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.
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