Why I Walk Wednesday with Katie Stanley

I’m walking to honor my Grandma Sidonio who passed away from Alzheimer’s disease in 2012. She was a real spitfire, though not quite five feet tall, and lifelong New York resident. She used to say, “I may be small, but I am mighty, and girrrrl can I eat!” Speaking of which, she made the world’s bestContinue reading “Why I Walk Wednesday with Katie Stanley”

Why I Walk Wednesday with Ashby Franklin

I had never heard the word Alzheimer’s when I was growing up. In my community, people usually lived to a ripe old age, unless they had something like cancer. My first experience with this disease was about 30 years ago when my grandmother began failing. Her mind could not communicate what her body needed toContinue reading “Why I Walk Wednesday with Ashby Franklin”

Why I Walk Wednesday with Miranda Rodriguez

I walk for my Grandma Watson. As Community Liaison at Atlantic Shores Retirement Community in Virginia Beach, I witness the sadness of Alzheimer’s regularly. Wife of over 65 years, Mother of 7, grandmother of 14, Great Grandmother of 18 and Great Great Grandmother of 2, Grandma Watson has always been the gate keeper of familyContinue reading “Why I Walk Wednesday with Miranda Rodriguez”

Why I Walk Wednesday with Jennifer Chavez

Everywhere I go, I run into people who have a personal connection with Alzheimer’s disease. While I am certainly more aware of the disease these days having now been employed with the Alzheimer’s Association going on 7 years, it wasn’t always this way. I’ve always had an affinity towards seniors as my own maternal grandmother;Continue reading “Why I Walk Wednesday with Jennifer Chavez”

Why I Walk Wednesday with Jennie Thomas

I walk in remembrance of Patricia Scott, or to whom I called “Nanny”. For as long as I can remember who was a funny, cheerful, a gardening loving grandmother, who loved to spoil her grandchildren. When I was in elementary school my grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, which took all of those qualities awayContinue reading “Why I Walk Wednesday with Jennie Thomas”

Why I Walk Wednesday with Casey Bartley

I walk for all those who can’t and for those who can’t speak and for those who before long will find out their loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and I especially WALK for one beautiful woman in particular, my mom Doris May. In May 2014, my sweet mama was officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.Continue reading “Why I Walk Wednesday with Casey Bartley”

Why I Walk Wednesday with Karla Conner

Karla’s husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s this summer. It came on very quickly, as a serious reaction to the anesthesia during a total knee replacement in March of this year. Her husband never completely recovered from the operation, and in June he was admitted to a secure unit in the nursing home section of the retirement community where they live.

Why I Walk Wednesday with Lois Swersky Saunders

Lawrence Swersky, a brave and courageous WWII patriot, survived hand to hand combat in New Guinea.  He spent a year in a Army hospital healing from malaria and jungle rot.  He never complained,  even when the jungle rot (a parasite in the blood), a lifetime WWII souvenir attacked him every summer.  To him it wasContinue reading “Why I Walk Wednesday with Lois Swersky Saunders”