Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Memory Walk

I knew a woman in my church congregation who's husband had died. He had Alzheimer's. She told me about how hard it was to watch her husband basically deteriorate. He started out forgetting little things, like leaving home to go to the store and halfway to his destination he could not remember where he was going. He deteriorated more each year and eventually could not recall who his children were and that this sweet woman was his wife. Then he died. She told me she wished he had been diagnosed earlier so he could have sought some kind of help and she could have received some support. Her story touched my heart and broke it at the same time. It made me want to help. To do something!!
The Alzheimer's Memory Walk is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research. The Alzheimer's Memory Walk requires volunteers of all ages to become champions in the fight against Alzheimer's. There are 2-3 mile walks in more than 600 communities usually on a weekend in the fall. By being a walker or volunteer for the Alzheimer's Association, you can walk with a purpose – and help to make this a world without Alzheimer's!

Sponsored by Alzheimer's Walk

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is a wonderful idea. My father in law was just diagnose with alzheimers. He's still in the early stages of it, but it's been hard to see such a strong man not remember simple things in a matter of a few weeks.