For me, 2016 marks ten years of volunteering with the Alzheimer’s Association and specifically, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. I have witnessed lots of changes in those ten years. When I first volunteered as a team captain, my grandmother had been suffering from Alzheimer’s for close to ten years. I got involved with the Walk as a way to fight the disease that was stealing my beloved grandmother. Alzheimer’s ultimately took my grandmother from us completely and sadly, two more family members have also been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
We walk in honor of my mom (Nana) who was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s three years ago at the age of 49.
I walk in honor of my wife, Sharon, who was stricken with Younger Onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2007. Her mother and a mother’s brother died from this rare form of dementia that robs active, productive people of their memory and abilities as young as their forties— or even earlier.
Conducted annually, the Hampton Roads VOLUNTEER Achievement Awards recognize the region’s most outstanding volunteers based on their length of service, initiative and impact on the community. These men, women and youth have inspiring stories that encourage others to serve. This year our volunteer Robert Fanning will be among the honorees.
Thanks to WCTV-Chesapeake Television for having Christine Warfel, our Development Coordinator on “Thinking Out Loud” today with Mark Cox, Director of Public Communications for the City of Chesapeake.
Why We Walk: Parrot Head or Parrothead is a commonly used nickname for fans of singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett. He is best known for his music, which often portrays an “island escapism” lifestyle. His musical hits include “Margaritaville”, “Come Monday” and “Five O’Clock Somewhere.”
a note from the editor: This should have been released at the beginning of Walk season but I was very busy. This was just too good not to post, so here it is.
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