On October 11th I will be walking in memory of my Grandma Alvina. As many of you know this isn't the first year I've walked to raise Alzheimer's awareness, it is a bittersweet time of year for me. Being able to honor my Grandma and raise funds to help others is the sweet part; however, reliving the loss and knowing she is not here to share this with us is the bitter part. Grandma lost the fight in 2015. We laid her to rest on Nov 21, 2015 next to my grandpa. I posted the following to my FB page later that night...
I said goodbye to someone special today.
Someone who welcomed me into her family without labeling me as any different than anyone born there.
Someone who showed me how to love by loving everyone around her.
Someone who showed me the strength & sass of a woman comfortable in her own skin.
Someone who gave the best homemade gifts even if I didn't realize it until I became a mom myself (aka a dish towel that doesn't walk away).
Someone who made oyster stew a Christmas tradition I have carried into my own family.
Someone who unfortunately gave me a reason to support & walk for a cause too close to home these last few years.
Most importantly someone who gave me one of the best people in my life, my dad.
Today I said goodbye to my Grandma Alvina. I love you & will miss you!
She is always the first thing I think about when I wear purple and I have a lot of purple in my closest! So this year grandma, I will walk so hopefully someday we won't have to worry about losing someone we love to this terrible disease.
I need your support to do my part! Please make a donation to help the Alzheimer's Association advance research into prevention, treatments and a cure for Alzheimer's. For the millions already affected by the disease, the Association offers care, education, support and resources in communities nationwide.
This year I donate and walk in memory of my Grandma Alvina. Who could you walk for or honor with a donation?
Thank you for joining our movement! The end of Alzheimer's disease starts here.
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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