Saturday was my first experience with an Alzheimer’s Walk and it was so amazing and inspiring. The one I have been fundraising for (driving everyone crazy on Facebook and Twitter for) will be this coming Saturday Oct.18th in Greenville, SC. My husband and I decided to volunteer at another one to help out and show our support for the Alzheimer’s Association.
We started off early 8 a.m. my husband parked cars, and I worked the advocacy booth having people fill out a form to our state’s politicians requesting more money for Alzheimer’s. This was a wonderful experience where I met some really great people and made some new friends too! I heard my new friend Lucien say, when someone commented they didn’t like one of the politicians, “IT’S NOT A RED THING, IT’S A NOT A BLUE THING IT’S A PURPLE THING. WHEN YOU MIX RED AND BLUE WHAT DO YOU GET?…PURPLE”. This stuck with me. Lucien lost his uncle who raised him and then a couple of years ago he also lost his wife to Alzheimer’s when she was only 49. He comes every year.
I actually had another post scheduled for today but changed my mind because yesterday just inspired me. To see so many people come together for such a great cause. We were only supposed to work the booth and park but we ended up walking the walk too. It was just such a happy and fun event. When you think of Alzheimer’s it is so sad but yesterday was a celebration. A celebration of the money being raised. The hope people have that this money will make great strides in Alzheimer research and treatment. There was one thing that inspired me the most.
I have to say this. My husband and I both commented on it. The high school and college students that we saw yesterday (the walk was held on the WOFFORD COLLEGE campus) working and walking was nothing short of amazing. They were there early setting up booths, running our errands, looking for supplies like strip ties and duct tape, walking around the crowd getting more of these forms filled out and just generally working their butts off at 8 until noon on a Saturday. It literally brought tears to my eyes. We don’t often think of kids when we think Alzheimer’s, right? Those kids are the nephews, nieces, grandchildren or some even children of patients with Alzheimer’s. I heard so many stories from these kids, my grandma used to do this…, my grandpa once did that…They care, they got out and they showed us they care and they want to make a difference. This is what inspired me. These teens and 20 somethings. It was such a happy day.
My only regret is that I didn’t bring momma with me. I knew hubby and I were working in 2 different areas and having never attended one I decided it would be best. I believe she would have loved it and I am looking forward to walking with her on Saturday.
If you would like to make a small donation to our team we are still short on our goal. This week, since mom has met her goal I am going to ask a special favor that when you go to act.alz.org/goto/TDAC you will click on the name Patrick. He is substituting for my daughter because when we signed up she wasn’t pregnant with twins. He hasn’t had any donations made in his name and it is making him feel unloved!
Appreciate the good, laugh at the crazy, and deal with rest.
I love you momma!