Tori's Walk Donation Page
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. I also walk my great aunts, Cioci & Ellie!
Our family lost both Gram & Mema in 2016 from Alzheimer's. My grandmothers were intelligent, creative and powerful women. They lived very different lives, and both had very different journeys 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 honor them, by continuing to tell their story.
Being a part of this organization makes me feel close to them. Every day I am inspired. This journey has taught me how to turn pain into power and purpose. But this isn’t about 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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Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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