Five years ago the Walk to End Alzheimer's was just a walk to me but within the last four years it has taken a deeper meaning to my family and I. This past December I lost my favorite person in the world, my grandpa Cristobal, who was also my godfather, and in 2016 I lost my great grandma, Mami Santo, in Ecuador to this disease. This walk now means more than I ever imagined.
I cherish every moment with my Grandpa more than I ever have before. I spent time admiring the person he was and helping him remember the great times we shared and continue his legacy every day. My grandpa was my hero, the only grandfather I've ever known, my whole world. As a child I wrote papers on how I believed he should receive the Noble Peace Prize and how much I looked up to him; today they're framed on the wall in his house. I could never have imagined life without my grandpa/godfather which is why I'll never stop fighting for cure for future generation he helped cultivate. My grandpa was the greatest.
I reminisce on the good times with Mami Santo and find peace in knowing she is reunited with Papi Facundo looking down on us all. I am fortunate to have known my great grandma and will not stop fighting for this cause so that others will have the opportunity to know their great grandma or great grandpa.
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