Takin’ Action!

So as most of you know, my grandma Eleanor Deyden, is living with dementia, which is a form of Alzheimer’s disease. Most of the funny stories and jokes I’ve made on this blog come along with many unspoken stories about how hard it is to watch someone living with such a confusing disease.

My mom, sister, grandma, and Aunt Cynthia-- Christmas 2007

I’ve written about it before, and here I sit late at night blogging about it again. And I won’t stop writing until I see significant improvements in the lives of people with Alzheimer’s. Today I was walking to work and picked up the free Express newspaper here in Washington, D.C. and realized right away what the feature on the cover would be about. The article estimated that by 2050 13-16 million people would be affected by this disease because of the increasing senior population. It is the sixth-leading killer of people in the U.S. and there’s no cure and treatments only temporarily ease some symptoms.

Free newspaper in D.C. with a feature article on Alzheimer's

Back to my grandma for a second. Everyone knows she is a great woman (and also a *superb* dancer), and I just wish she could see how important she still is to all of us. Six kids and a husband of 50 years doesn’t come easily, and I hope to God she’s comfortable because there’s really no way of knowing. The good thing, though, is that there’s hope. The Alzheimer’s Walk 2011 during World Alzheimer’s Month is the perfect time to spread hope and gain awareness of a disease. Most of the caregivers are the patient’s own relatives, and they’re the ones who need the most support. By supporting the Alzheimer’s Association, you’re supporting not only research and hope for a cure, but also helping the lives of the people who are affected by the day-to-day care of people with dementia.

All you have to do is put music on and she's up and at 'em!

While I was reading the article this morning, I also realized I was wearing the color of the Alzheimer’s Association (purple). If you know me, you know I’m all about “signs” and going with my gut on big decisions. Needless to say, I felt like makin’ moves! So I decided to go online and find my local Alzheimer’s Walk!

And so with that, tonight I start my journey into fundraising. I’m not asking for a certain amount; just anything that you’d like to give will be good enough. I’d like to thank you all for your support ahead of time. I know a few people who are already walking in different states and I hope I can recruit a few more to walk with me on November 5th, 2011 in D.C. It’s going to be a GREAT month for Alzheimer’s, I can feel it! Here’s the profile I created for my grandma where you can donate if you’d like:

http://2011walktoendalzheimers.kintera.org/washington/eleanordeyden

Thank you again for all of the help, and I hope to be updating you with some fundraising news very soon!

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