I walk for Alzheimer's to honor and celebrate my mother, Louise Williams. My mother was strong and funny. She was the kind of mother to make sure that you had three hot meals a day. I never experienced a day that she wasn't up before everyone to make sure that we had breakfast before school. And when we returned from school each day, and my father came home from work, it was always to a home-cooked meal. She was the kind of mother that fiercely protected her children. Everyone knew that she was no-nonsense. Yet, she was the kind of mother that somehow managed to play an April Fool's Day joke on each of her children every single year even though we were all fully grown. She was tough as nails, but loving. She was an amazing cook! For years, people would come to her for homemade cakes and rolls. I'm not sure that mothers like her still exist.
Alzheimer's is a cruel illness. Alzheimer's took the woman who was my most loyal, most loving and fiercest protector and broke her down until she was more like my daughter than my mother. Taking care of her for four years was a blessing and a curse. It was taxing to watch it destroy her daily. But I feel blessed that I was able to care for her and in many ways it brought us closer.
There is not a single day that passes that I don't think of my mother. I'm asking for your support in her honor. I'm asking for others to join my commitment to making this a world without Alzheimer's.
I am challenging myself to become a "Grand Champion" -- a participant who raises at least $1000. I want to reach my goal and help make greater strides in the fight against Alzheimer's and raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's research, care and support.
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