Why do I walk?
We lost 2 people last year to Alzheimer's that conjure up memories of my childhood. Gene Wilder was the man that brought to life one of my favorite childhood books - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He was and will always be Mr. Willie Wonka! Thanks to him those typed words became colorful images even if it wasn't his favorite role as an actor. Pat Summitt, one of the all-time most winningest NCAA basketball coaches - male or female. Growing up in my house with my Dad - you knew sports and it didn't matter if it was the guys or gals playing - my Dad loved watching good basketball. I know I will miss her steely glare on the sidelines when I watch. I walk to honor both of their memories.
I was fortunate as a Board Member to help volunteer at the Canton, NY walk last year. As I worked the registration table, a woman came up to the table and I asked have you pre-registered. She said yes, I'm under Team Townley - she was my sister, I lost her last October. After offering her my condolences, she said I brought a picture, would you like to see it. I said yes of course and she showed me a framed picture of her beautiful sister she lost to early-onset Alzheimer's. As tears welled up in her eyes, she said thank you for taking the time to honor my sister. Needless to say my eyes were no longer dry either! I walk for Team Townley in hopes of a cure and the funds needed to support those family members who serve as caregivers.
Lastly my Mom will be 90 years old next month and as she has aged she has had some mild cognitive decline and I pray it remains in the mild stage. I can hear her tell stories so vividly of her childhood and growing up on the Farm in Canton; yet, I also see her struggle to remember what she had for dinner the night before. I walk for my mom and the countless others who show signs of cognitive decline so they may have treatment/services to help minimize the decline.
How can we stop this disease that affect 5 million individuals and is projected to affect 15 million in the coming years? The answer is to Walk and show support for those suffering from the disease and to support those that care for those they love!
We need to raise dollars for research to get a treatment for the disease - a disease that is the 6th leading cause of death but has no cure or treatment, unlike heart disease and cancer!
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