In 2012 my dad, Billy Ray Nipper was diagnosis with Dementia. Being my dad's caregiver, I learned a lot about Alzheimer's/Dementia. I had witness how this "horrible disease" could take a normal, good, and godly man and change his dementor instantly. Well at 4:09 a.m., on Friday, September 4, 2015, my dad lost his battle with Dementia, two and a half years after being diagnosis. Right after my dad's death, my wife Karla and I immediiately got involved with the "Walk To End Alzheimer's". Then on September 17, 2016, a year and thirteen days after my dad's death my uncle, Robert Frank Martin (my mom's brother) was diagnosis with Dementia. I could not imagine this "horrible disease" would strike our family again. At that moment, I decided I wanted to do more than the ""Walk To End Alzheimer's," so I became an Advocate for the Alzheimer's Association here in Tennessee. Well Robert lost his battle with Dementia at 1:32 a.m., on Thursday, September 13, 2018, less that two years after being diagnosised. At Robert's funeral, before the casket was closed I went up to Robert's casket kissed him on the fore head. Then I placed my hand on his shoulder, and I made a promise to Robert, I promised Robert for the rest of my life, I would help to fight this horrible disease known as Alzheimer's/Dementia until a cure is found.
Karla and I started our own "Walk To End Alzheimer's" team, and we named the team "Team Martin & Nipper."
"Team Martin & Nipper" was formed in the Honor of my Dad and Robert. My dad and Robert were both honest, godly men. My dad was an Elder at his church and Robert was a Sunday School Teacher at his church. My and Robert delivered news papers for the Daily News Journal together. They both had a sense of humor. They were brother-in-laws. However, my dad was a University of Tennessee football and basketball fan, and Robert was a University of Alabama football fan and University of Kentucky basketball fan.
Being caregiver for someone with Alzheimer's/Dementia, especially a close family member, you have a front row seat to this disease. And being caregiver for both my dad and Robert, I saw Dementia act quickly and act slowly to take the lives of my dad and Robert. The only difference between the two, Robert lived less than two years after being diagnosis and my dad lived two and a half years after being diagnosis with Dementia.
Karla and I are asking you to support our team for the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®, the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Karla and I both individual goal of $1,500 and our team goal of $3,000. We need your support.
The 2019 Rutherford County Walk To End Alzheimer's is Saturday, September 21, 2019, at Dean Hayes Track and Soccer Stadium on the campus of Middle Tennessee beginning at 9:00 a.m. with Opening Ceremonies. Check In is from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Karla and I are asking you to support our team for the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®, the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Karla and I both have individual goals of $1,500 and our team goal of $3,000. To this day, there is no cure for Alzheimer's/Dementia. By the grace of God, one day there just might be a cure. We need your support. The millions of the people who has Alzheimer's/Dementia need you support.
You can support "Team Martin & Nipper" three (3) ways:
1) By donating to our team by either going to:
my Alzheimer's Page by clicking here http://act.alz.org/goto/dennisnipper or
Karla's Alzheimer's Page by clicking here http://act.alz.org/goto/karlanipper
2) By joining "Team Martin & Nipper" and walk with us. You can join our team clicking here http://act.alz.org/goto/TeamMartinNipper.
3) By donating and joining "Team Martin & Nipper."
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