Trisha's Walk Donation Page
When I originallybecame involved with the Walk to End Alzheimer's my mother-in-law Linda hadrecently passed away and I felt by walking I was helping to honor her memoryand also to help my (at the time) three-year old daughter Karlie remember thekind of person that her Grandma Elliott was. That was until recently when my"why" changed. One day Karlie and I were driving in the car andKarlie started to cry. She will sometimes cry and say that she misses hergrandma in heaven, but this time it was different. With tears in her eyes,Karlie asked me "Will you and Daddy forget me like Grandma did?"
What Karlie doesn’tknow is that when Linda was in the hospital and near the end of her time herewith us-she still didn’t forget Karlie. Linda had been unresponsive for two days and all of us had been in tosay our final words to her, all except Karlie. Obviously we didn’t want to takeKarlie to the hospital but we felt like she should be able to say what sheneeded. My sister-in-law was at the hospitalwith Linda and I asked her if I sent her a video, if she would play it forher. Karlie’s message was simple “I loveyou Grandma”. Shortly after the videowas played for Linda, she took her last breath. In my heart I believe she waswaiting for Karlie.
Sowhen I originally began walking, it was for Linda. I now walk for Karlie aswell because little girls should not have to worry about being forgotten bythose they love the most. I want to be able to say that in Karlie's lifetime wefound the first survivor of Alzheimer’s disease.
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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