Joyce Baca is Co-Owner of 66 Pin-Ups, a 1940’s and 50’s-inspired clothing boutique in downtown Albuquerque.
I am dancing in honor of my Grandma Waid, and to help the millions of people across the world affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Please join this cause today by buying a ticket or making a donation.
When I was in 4th grade I moved in with my grandma, Carmen Waid, when she started showing signs of Alzheimer’s Disease after my grandpa had passed away. It runs in our family, and we always take care of each other when need be.
Growing up with Grandma, I got to hear her tell all the stories of her and my Grandpa Earl and how they became sweethearts, how they would go dancing all the time, her favorite dances (the jitterbug and the foxtrot), and all the love they had for each other. She became my best friend over the years and would refer to me as her “guardian angel”.
In 2009 and into 2010, her health and mind took a serious toll after a series of TIAs (mini-strokes relating to her Alzheimer’s disease) and she moved in with my mom, Cathy. I was a stay-at-home mom at the time, so while my mom was at work, I became her caretaker once again, along with other family members. She had a hard time remembering the simplest things, but she always knew me and still called me her guardian angel. Early in the morning on Valentine's Day, 2010 she became my guardian angel and will forever remain in my heart!
For Grandma Waid, for your loved ones and for the 5.4 million Americans with Alzheimer's, please join me today in raising funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter and all the wonderful things they do in our community.