I am walking in honor of my father-in-law James Matthews, Sr. and my mother-in-law Joan Matthews. James worked hard his entire life. His focus, drive and high standards brought him from a small town in Eastern North Carolina where he married his 8th grade sweetheart Joan, put himself through college, to a leader in the tire industry. He and Joan provided a beautiful life for their family. In 2011, they excitedly moved to Lake Keowee, SC, closer to their children and with high hopes for their next chapter, a well deserved retirement. Just a few years later, James was diagnosed with dementia. It's hard to see the man who was always meticulously dressed and who's hair was perfectly parted, struggle with some of the basic activities of daily living that he does. It's painful that he does not remember we are his family, but we are grateful he still remembers we are people who are important to him. The most devastating part of all, is watching the impact on Joan as the primary care giver. She holds down the fort as she always has, keeping him safe and caring for him. Alzheimer's has cheated them of a time they earned and worked for. My prayer is that "Walk to End Alzheimer's-2021" will earn that one last dollar that is needed to cure this terrible disease.
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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