The Walk To End Alzheimer's was today in Perry at the fairgrounds.
The name of our team is The Memory Keepers.
Jeff Cox, the Chief Meteorologist from the TV station WGXA in Macon was there. He shared the story of how the beast has entered his wife's family. Everyone there has a story.
Flowers were lifted up for loved ones.
My daughter is holding her flower below. She is our team leader. It was her idea to have a team!
This is a fraction of the crowd. The beast called Alzheimer's has touched each person in these pictures in some way.
I wondered what Daddy would think if he knew that we had walked for him and many others today. Daddy always told me that if I didn't like something, then I should do something about it. I don't like Alzheimer's, I can't find a cure, so I work to help those with the ability to find a cure do so. I can't change the fact that the beast called Alzheimer's has viciously attacked my family, but this is one way I have chosen to react to the situation.
There was entertainment there today. Big Mike and the Booty Papas (yes that is really their name) were there.
The flower that my daughter held is below. She calls my Daddy, Dandy. That was the name she called him when she began talking, and it stuck. She really does think he is a "Dandy" of a granddaddy!
Talking with others there, you hear stories that are so similar to your own, sadly, and you can almost feel their pain as they tell you their story. You understand because you are there. The beast does not discriminate, we are all vulnerable. There is no immunity to the disease. We hope for a cure one day. A cure will not come in time for Daddy. None of us know if we will become a victim. I walked for him today, for myself, my daughter, my siblings, their children, my extended family, people that I have known all of my life and their families that are victims, people that I have never met and their families and for you, the reader of this blog. My wish is that you never know the pain of the beast called Alzheimer's. If you have experienced the beast, I walked for you too, I hope that you never have to go through it again, and my heart aches for you. I walked for all us. I will take the opposite position of the beast and I will not discriminate in hoping for a cure for each victim and their family.