Two sister teams unite as one in the goal to find a cure for Alzheimer's. The Elkins sister lost their Mom September 2017. The Kapusinsky Sisters Mom lost her battle to Alzheimer's on Dec 2019.
The Elkins sisters watched their Mom, Kathy, battle the disease for just four short years. At the end of Kathy's journey she could no longer walk, talk, or feed herself. Alzheimer's impact was fast and devastating watch, we felt helpless. Our hearts ached but also breathed a sigh of a relief when she passed. We honor her with the commitment to find a cure and walk in her honor. The Elkins sisters met the other half of our team, Jen and Tesha, through the support of one another with our Mom's both having the disease. They join us in the mission to find a cure.
Jen and Tesha's Mom first displayed symptoms of Alzheimer's in 2005 and was finally diagnosed in 2007. The words "early onset" penetrated a strong family foundation that rocked their worlds. Under the Care of Hospice, Yee-Chun "Lisa" is able to stay at home with care 7 days a week through visiting angels. She currently resides with their Dad, Francis "Hank" in her home where she feels comfortable and safe. When Lisa came to the U.S. she met Hank in Mount Sinai hospital. After having Jen and Tesha, Lisa and Hank decided to move to Florida to open an assisted living facility. There, Lisa cared for the very people that lived with this relentless disease of Alzheimer's as she raised her two daughters, the girls who were silly growing up. Through aging and Lisa's career in helping those who fight this battle to find a cure, the Sisters were raised within the world of caring for others. So as the shoe shifts to the other foot, Jen and Tesha find themselves replicating their Mom's journey, but very close to home.
We have heard that when a patient with cancer looks at themselves in the mirror, they see a mutated version of themselves. For one suffering with Alzheimer's, they no longer see their reflection that others see. They also don't see the reflection of the others they love. Alzheimer's is a unforgiving disease that takes the memories we have built over a lifetime away.
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Love, Jen and Tesha with the support of their walk team sisters.
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