Gabbie's Walk Donation Page
About Team Gabbie:
Gabbie is a young girl who has never known her Daddy without Alzheimer's Disease. Gabbie has three sisters, parents, aunts and uncles, cousins, neighbors, and a Granny who help her achieve BIG goals for Alzheimer's Research.
When Gabbie was 7 years old, she began to be curious about Alzheimer's. She wanted to know.... Why did Daddy have it? Why can't the doctors fix it? Am I going to get it?
Those were very hard questions to answer.
When Gabbie learned that we have to raise money for research in order to cure Alzheimer's Disease, Gabbie went to work.
At 7 years of age, Gabbie hosted two lemonade stands and mailed in $500 to The Alzheimer's Association.
At 8 years of age, Gabbie started her own walk team for Alzheimer's. She hosted two lemonade stands, a yard sale, made necklaces, and did a spare change drive. Gabbie raised over $1,200 for a cure.
At 9 years of age, Gabbie is an unstoppable force against Alzheimer's Disease.
In February, she made and sold Valentines that she then delivered to a nursing home.
In March, she had a fund raiser at Buffalo Wild Wings and also promoted her Stuff the Easter Eggs fund raiser.
In April, she had a fund raiser at Arby's.
In May, she had a lemonade stand for National Lemonade Day at a local Farmer's Market. And, she hosted a MASSIVE yard sale that netted over $1,000 on its own.
In June, she has had a give-back event with Kona Ice as is going to host a lemonade stand at a local craft fair.
And, she plans to keep going!
With your help, we can Fund a Cure for Alzheimer's Disease.
Gabbie intends to become one of the very first Alzheimer's Survivors.
If you want to read our Alzheimer's story, please see below:
Our primary goal for walking is so that we can raise money for a cure for our children. Our story began in 2007 when it was very apparent that Daddy was having great trouble remembering how to drive to familiar places. By the time we birthed our fourth child the following year, he was having trouble working. Daddy managed to hang in there and worked for 3 years while having major memory issues. We believe he had already been struggling with some form of dementia for many years before, but it was always chalked up to having a stressful job. During those 3 years, we also cared for his mother with the same disease until she passed away. Our children are professional Alzheimer's caregivers by default.
Because there is so little advocacy for Daddy's age group, Daddy remained completely undiagnosed until 2014. He had already been unable to work for well over 4 years by then (to get an Alzheimer's diagnosis, you have to rule out over 50 other diseases first ). You can imagine how financially devastating that is for a young family (we have four daughters). There is no help for people like us. You just have to lose everything you ever worked for, and there's no stopping it. It is a very helpless feeling. In 2014, the diagnosis was devastating because all we could get was a "Mild Cognitive Impairment." We already knew that he had Alzheimer's and had known for years, but doctors are so leery of this diagnosis. No one wants to give a young Daddy a fatal diagnosis with no cure. MCI means you are not mentally "okay," but you're still not getting disability. Still zero help. Your family is still left alone to fend for themselves.
It is worth noting here that it took me, his wife, 3 years to convince a Memory Clinic to test him. Why? Because he is too young (their words).
The following year, we finally heard the words we already knew. He does not have MCI, he has younger onset Alzheimer's. It is only then that you can finally get disability. And, it's expedited because you are dying. These families are left struggling and alone with no resources, no cure, and nobody even wants to understand what they are going through. Imagine trying to explain what it's like to watch your Daddy die a little each day. It's like watching someone slowly die from paper cuts.
Younger onset victims are VERY good at mimicking social behavior. So, you have plenty of people who will say they don't "look" like they have dementia or "I don't see anything wrong." You see, they have no clue what dementia even looks like. They have only seen the end stage in grandma or grandpa. They don't know about the 7 stages nor what leads up to them. They don't live it every day, and they certainly don't understand just how hard it is for our loved one to appear "normal" by society's standards. It is HARD. Because society cannot accept them as-is, they have to fake it in social settings until they can go home and be themselves again. This makes for a very lonely life when they finally give up trying to please the masses. Most people drift away anyway, so why bother? There are a great multitude of Alzheimer's/dementia patients who live very lonely lives. And, it's because nobody cares enough to learn how to be their friend. Everyone moves on and about to do their own thing, and nobody wants to see the purple elephant in the room.
Our walk is very, very personal. We are fighting so our children will have a cure some day. Please help us fight this purple monster that just will.not.stop.
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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