I'm leading the way to Alzheimer's first survivor by participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®. Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.
Why do I walk?
I'm walking for my PawPaw Osborn that passed away just a few years ago from this horrible disease.Not once did I expect something so mind altering to happen so fast to someone so good, and I didn’t expect this disease to affect me so traumatically. I didn’t expect my future to layout like this. I had plans for him to be at my wedding day. I had plans to seek him for advice when I didn’t know the answers. And I had plans for him to watch me grow into a woman he was proud of. However, I walk for the strong, dedicated, and hard-working man he was. His heart for people was evident, and he loved my family in such a way that we could never get enough.
I walk because this disease destroys the mind. It turns people into someone that is unrecognizable. I’ve seen this disease cause heartbreak amongst my whole family, and I’ve watched it cause detrimental suffering to the one experiencing it. While also working at a senior living home since I was 15, I was surrounded by many residents that were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Not to say I was prone to being used to interacting with people that suffered from this disease because it most definitely was sad to witness, but when the disease reached my grandpa, I was in denial. My grandpa was the first in my family to ever be affected by this disease, so I didn’t think too much into it. I figured it was just a phase and could be cured, but I eventually came to realization that there was nothing I could do. All I could do was fight for change. So now, I walk.
With y'alls help, we can end Alzheimer's disease. If you'd like, please consider donating on my page to further the care, support, and research efforts for the Alzheimer's Association. Love y'all!!
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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