Alzheimer's took my grandmother from me when I was only 14 years old. My grandmother and I had a very special bond. I was lucky enough to spend just about everyday with her because she lived in an in-law apartment in my house. I am thankful for all of the warm memories that I have with her, but I wonder what memories we would have now if she wasn't taken from us by Alzheimer's.
What if she got to watch me at my senior night for cheerleading? What if she got to watch me walk for promenade? What if she watched me graduate from high school? What if she got to help me move into college?
What if I got to tell her all of the things I have done at my 4 years in college? She would have seen me cheer at March Madness. She would have cheered me on as I gained real world experience with the internships I did throughout college. I could have called her when I got my first job offer for post-grad. What if she could watch me toss another graduation cap?
Each day I wish I could pick up the phone and tell her about everything and hear her voice one last time, but because of the Alzheimer's disease I can't do that.
The Walk to End Alzheimer's gives me a way to fight back against the disease. I fight so we don't have to think about the "what ifs" anymore. I fight so we can continue to make memories and share milestones with our families. I fight for future generations to have a cure. I fight because together we will end the Alzheimer's disease.
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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