Hello everyone, and thank you for visiting my fundraising page! I hope this message finds you safe, healthy, and solvent during these unique and difficult times. Despite the current COVID situation, the Walk to End Alzheimer's in Syracuse, NY will continue on though it may look and feel a bit differently than in previous years. As always, I am soliciting donations in honor of my amazing mother, RITA, who lost her fifteen-year long battle to early onset Alzheimer's. It's time to eliminate the pain that this dreadful disease brings to so many.
1 year, 7 months, 19 days. That's how much time has passed since my mother left this world. Time does help; that much is true. But time does not erase the feeling that surfaces whenever my mom's presence is suddenly detected in a passing moment. It's a comfortable feeling in the sense that it's familiar and certainly very powerful. But it also hurts - an ache that starts at the heart and pulls everything down.
That feeling came to surface this past Mother's Day and stayed with me for quite some time. That may not surprise some of you, but it certainly surprised me. When you lose someone to Alzheimer's, it's a slow process that takes place over several years. In the case of me and my mom, it was 15 years. So eventually, I had grown accustomed to her absence on holidays. I didn't really expect this past Mother's Day to be any different, but it was. And I think that's because for the first time in years, my mom wasn't absent. She was very much present.
I spent the day hiking for three hours or so. Maybe it was the quiet of nature or maybe it was something else...I don't know. But with every crackling leaf beneath my foot and every breeze that hit my face...I felt her. It was an overwhelming sense of presence. And while I found it comforting at first, I quickly began to realize just how much I missed her.
Though I may get sad from time-to-time, I'm more often energized and inspired by my mom's struggle with Alzheimer's. I'm inspired to share her story...our story...in every way imaginable to bring awareness of the disease to others. Without awareness, there will never be a cure, and without a cure, the impacts of Alzheimer's are going to hit more and more people - potentially you or someone you love. So please join me in my fight to end this horrific disease!
The Walk to End Alzheimer's will take place in Syracuse, NY on Sunday, September 27th. Please donate whatever you can so that soon, we will have someone on that stage holding up the first WHITE FLOWER - dedicated to the first survivor of Alzheimer's.
Thank you so much for your continued support. I love you all, and hope to see you soon!
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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