My best friend, Rosemary Landa Medlin and I formed this team in my moms memory. Otilia Gonzalez, who passed on October 14, 2020, battled with dementia for the last 12 years of her life. Prior to that, she was a loving, dedicated homemaker that never missed a day that she did not make fresh flour tortillas. She loved hosting family dinners, especially during holidays. She loved to sing and lead prayer group meetings at church. Because of dementia, we grieved her passing at many different levels. The initial grief came when we began to see the slow but inevitable decline, and the helpless feeling that we could not do a thing to stop it. I tried to care for her as best I could, but eventually had to place her in an Alzheimer's facility; grieving again and crying many tears on the day I faced that decision. Actually, both of my parents battled this condition. If we don't do something to change the course of the disease, my brothers and I could follow in their footsteps. Those are not footsteps I want to follow. So, on October 23, I will be joining the many walkers and fundraisers who will participate in the El Paso Walk to end Alzheimers. Please help us honor my mom's memory on the anniversary of her passing. No amount is too small; it will all help us meet our goal.
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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