My name is Christy Talbott and I Walk to End Alzheimer’s in honor of my best friend and husband Don. Don and I have been married for 29 years. When Don was 39 years old, I knew he had something very wrong with him. It took two years to get the final diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Don was only 41 years old when he was told to go home and get his affairs in order. It seemed every day I was losing a little piece of the man I once knew and loved. My journey to help my husband started with the Alzheimer’s Association. Education, support groups and trial match changed our lives forever!
The complex course of Alzheimer’s can be so overwhelming. Alzheimer’s education prepared me to advocate for my loved one. Support groups gave me the coping skills I needed and reminded me I was not alone. Trial match has been a life-altering blessing in our lives. Don was involved in two drug studies and most recently (3 yrs ago) had a Deep Brain Stimulator (DBS) placed at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. The DBS is making a difference in his ability to remember and communicate. This research is continuing today!
Without the Walk to End Alzheimer’s there would be no funding for educational programs, support groups and research!
Hope is a terrible thing to lose.
The walk provides us HOPE THAT ONE DAY WE WILL HAVE THE FIRST PERSON SAY I AM AN ALZHEIMER’S SURVIVOR.
This past year we have had the opportunity to speak at the prestigious Grand Rounds at Johns Hopkins University and Riverside Regional Hospitals. In Richmond, we met & spoke with with Senator Kaine. We have participated in many public speaking engagements, news articles, radio (local and WHRV/WHRO--the NPR/PBS affiliate in Norfolk, VA.) and have completed many fundraising projects. We sit on the 2016 Walk Committee and the Alzheimer's Advisory Board.
PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING OR DONATING TO DON'S CREW for the 2016 Walks to End Alzheimer’s! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!!!!!!
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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