This past Sunday, I participated in a very important walk, The Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
I did this walk for a very important reason, my grandpa.
That is the way I will always remember my Grandpa Steve. Alzheimer’s stripped him of everything that he once was. Alzheimer’s is a brutal and relentless disease. Once it has you in its grasp, there is no turning back. There are some medications out there that will help or slow it down, but nothing has been found to turn back the clock.
My grandpa built that deck in the picture, as well as the living room in his house. The entire basement of my grandparents house was full of tools, wood pieces, nails, screws, and anything else you could possible need or want to build something. My grandpa was in WWII and fixed airplanes, raised three rambunctious boys, and was the man of his family starting at age 13.
He was a shadow of that wonderful, vivacious man after Alzheimer’s.
I walked on Sunday in order raise money for research and to get the word out.
It was a perfect day and I know my grandpa would approve. Although, I’m sure he’d have some helpful tips on how to run things more smoothly and efficiently 😉
The purple flowers represent loss from Alzheimer’s and the yellow are for supporting someone who currently has Alzheimer’s.
The Alzheimer’s Association is a great non for profit organization. If you are looking for support,answers, or just want to volunteer; I highly recommend looking into the chapter in your area.