Why I Walk with Marina Dailey, Team Captain of Yolanda and Shirley’s Angels
I have experienced this terrible disease with two very important loved ones that meant the world to our family. First, my Grandmother, Shirley B. Perry was a loving sister, mother, grandmother, and friend. She would do anything for anyone. She was an independent and hardworking woman owning her own bakery business. She was very good at her job from making wedding cakes to decorating the local hospital. She especially loved to dance. Elvis was her favorite. She suffered from this terrible disease for a very long time. She passed away on March 14, 2017, at age 78. She is truly missed by her family and friends.
Not long after my sweet grandmother passed, my mother, Yolanda M. Gavaris, was diagnosed. My mother was a very young and beautiful woman. She was a sweet soul, who just loved anyone for who they were. She was only about 48 years old when she was diagnosed with this terrible disease. She passed away on April 9, 2018, at the age of 52 with her three children by her side.
They both are finally at peace with the Lord up in Heaven. They both are missed terribly by their loved ones and friends. I am honoring both of them by doing the walk to raise money and awareness.
I’m leading the way to Alzheimer’s first survivor by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.
Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease. Please make a donation to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association or join me at a walk near you!
Join Marina at alz.org/walk