I'm leading the way to Alzheimer's first survivor by participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®. 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.
I am walking to honor my great-grandmother, Helen Clark. In March of 2011, she passed away and it hit my family very hard. I was in sixth grade and did not fully understand what Alzheimer's was doing to her brain but I knew that I had just lost someone that was influential in my life. Growing up, my Grandma, as she was known to my family, watched me whenever my mom had to work and I was not in school. She would always peel me an apple and cut it up into smaller pieces so that I wouldn't choke. She was a very independent woman and so when the Alzheimer's and dementia began to be an issue, it was obvious to us. She was no longer able to go out and do things for herself. Alzheimer's took away the Grandma that we had known for years but it never took away her joyful spirit.
My favorite memories of Grandma were the nights that we, my family and I, gathered around her bed and we would sing hymns. It was so powerful to be able to see and hear her singing praises to the Lord even when she didn't necessarily remember who we were all the time, she never forgot how to worship. Though Grandma has passed away, I can still feel her presence with me in times of need. She taught me so many life lessons that I will carry through life and one day pass on to my kids. I was blessed to know and have such a great relationship with my great-grandma.
Together, we can end Alzheimer's disease. Please make a donation to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association. My personal goal is $350! I raised $300 for my walk in September 2017 and would LOVE to raise over my goal for this year!
Thank you for joining the fight against Alzheimer's and GO TIGERS!
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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