When I became involved with the cause to find a cure for Alzheimer's and other dementias, it was because my Father was diagnosed and living with the disease. He died two years ago. Now my Mother is living with Dementia and we are still in search for a cure and prevention. I believe just like other diseases, AIDS and breast cancer for instance, our efforts will get us there, and soon!
Another year and another walk. Once again, I am asking for my friends to join me in the Walk to End Alzheimer's. This year is a little different as I view the WALK from the inside of the Alzheimer's Association. In May, my volunteerism in the areas of advocacy, community education, and WALK team captain, led me to a position as Manager of the WALK and other events for the Alzheimer's Association. This year I manage the very walk that first attracted me to being a part of the solution in this cause.
I urge you to join my WALK on October 13th in Frederick, Maryland - or - a walk in your area. Find a walk near you via act.alz.org/walk If you cannot walk but would like to donate to my fundraising efforts, you can easily do that by clicking on the Donate button.
The photo above was taken at my wedding just over two years ago. It was the last day I saw my Father walk, he died a few months later. My Mother was still quite well that day, but her health and memory declined steadily after my Father's death. Although she has moments of lucid thought and can participate in conversations, she often is circular in her thinking and detached. It seems as though she is a player in an alternate reality, and, those of us around her are merely passengers, taking the journey with her, wherever it may lead.
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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