I walk to give a voice to those impacted by Alzheimer’s.
For years, I’ve been watching Alzheimer’s take away someone very special to me. Grandma O’Neil is the women who taught me how to sass like no other and to dance like no one is watching. A hard-working woman who did everything she could to support her family, she is the reason I am volunteering and walking to end this terrible disease.
When my grandmother first began experiencing symptoms, everyone joked about the fact that she was misplacing her keys or forgetting her purse, and laughed it off as “just getting old”. Joking quickly turned to worry as she started wandering outside at night. Over the years, Grandma’s sass has turned to frustration as she no longer understands what is going on. She has no memories, no feelings of nostalgia. She is no longer able to recognize the faces of her grandchildren, her children, or anyone else she once cared for.
No one should have to go through that, which is why I am committed to raising funds and awareness for this cause.