I'm walking this year on Saturday, October 3, 2020 for my two grandmother's (Yiayia in Greek). My Yiayia Lillian lived with the dementia for ten years. It was so hard to watch her slip away over the years. My Yiayia Frances didn't really show the effects of memory loss until the last year of her life.
Eight years have passed since we lost my Yiayia Lillian. And in those eight years, my life has changed tremendously. Starting with our family moving a thousand miles from our family and friends. Not that we haven’t made some great friends here. But priorities changed, bringing us to make a life in Knoxville.
I've spent years working at various businesses, only to realize that I wasn’t making any impact on my life & the world in what I was doing. It was just a pay check.
Today, I am confidant the work I do at the Alzheimer’s Association is making a true impact. I can go to bed each night, knowing that I have had a small part in helping find the first survivor of this disease.
I go to work each day, with my Yiayia as my guide. Losing her to a form of dementia was devastating, but that loss helped me find this job and has motivated me to help flight for a cure.
I hope you will consider joining me in this fight to #ENDALZ. We need advocates, we need volunteers, and we need donors who will step up and fight the darkness of this disease. We can’t do it alone.
If you’re interested in volunteering, please reach out to me. Even if you aren’t in TN, I can connect you to the Alzheimer’s Association chapter that is closest to you. You can email me at email@example.com.
Please also consider making a gift today. Your donation allows us to offer care and support in our local communities, and helps to fund research towards a treatment or cure.
Help me honor the memory of my yiayia, or make a gift in honor of your loved one. Just click this link to donate today http://act.alz.org/goto/LeannCooney
We ALL have a reason to End Alzheimer’s! In the midst of the heartache of Alzheimer's & all other dementia's, there is a small glimmer of light: Alzheimer's cannot take away LOVE. Love is not a memory -- it's a feeling that resides in your heart & soul!
I hope you'll help me raise funds to find a cure for this awful disease. Thank you, Leann
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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