The Walk to End Alzheimer's has a new meaning for me this year. I'm walking in honor of the person I consider my second mom. We all have that person in our life who helped raise us, other than our parents. That would be Kay for me.
I started working for Kay when I was 14 years old. I worked for her for over 16 years and she was a guiding force in my life. She was an incredible business woman who set great examples for me and always encouraged me to do more. She knew I was destined for things outside of my hometown. Not only did I work for Kay, but I lived next to her (she drove me to work for several years until I got my license) and she was a childhood friend of my father.
I was devastated when I received the call that she was having memory issues. My family and friends reached out to me with concerns and asked for guidance on how to approach some situations. I am grateful for my experience at the Alzheimer's Association as I readily had answers and knew where to direct them for support. The last time I saw Kay was about two years ago. I could see all the signs of the disease, but we had a wonderful lunch and talked about a lot of old memories.
Kay died last fall. Her death has left a hole in my heart that no one can replace. But, I know that by walking this year, I'll be helping people like Kay and the thousands of others who have been touched by dementia and need help-support-resources and hope.
We can provide that hope in the way of funding for our research and advocacy efforts and of course our local programs and services. Help is only a phone call or computer click away. You can access our 24/7 helpline, support groups, educational conferences and so much more. And YOU make all this possible with a gift to my Walk team.
I am looking forward to walking in person this year, surrounded by others who support our mission and believe that we can end Alzheimer's. I'll remember Kay and the impact she had on my life and I will thank you and the impact that you've had on the world with your gift. The end of Alzheimer's starts with us!
Please, take that first step and make a donation today and help me #End Alzheimer's disease.
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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