i have known about alzheimer’s disease my entire life. my parents explained what it was to me, and that it was the reason Nana Catherine was acting like she was. it was normal to me, though, because that’s the only way i knew my grandmother. this disease took any chance i had to bond with her. she didn’t know me, and as we grew older our relationship was defined by me holding her hand and trying to calm her cries. she lived for decades suffering.
what isn’t normal is witnessing this horrible disease take hold of a person so sweet, so happy, so caring, and full of love, and quickly turn them. my adopted grandpa, Karl, lived for four short years battling dementia. his soft personality became hurtful and sharp, his memory disappeared, and so did his speech. watching this is how i define heartbreak.
they are the reasons i am lacing up this weekend for the 25th annual alzheimer walk & run in calgary. i really think you should run it with me. and by with me, i mean, you’ll be faster but let’s take a photo at the finish line.
register here. there is a 5k walk, 5k run and 10k run and the whole thing is family and pet friendly – which you don’t often find.
but that’s just my story. there are currently more than 13,000 people in calgary living with alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. the same or more is probably happening in your city. alzheimer’s disease and other diseases that cause dementia are fatal, progressive and degenerative diseases that destroy brain cells. they are not mental illnesses and they are not a normal part of aging. these diseases can affect anyone, regardless of race, gender, family history, occupation or social status.
if you can’t make it, but would like to donate i’d be super thankful. do that here. 100% of the funds raised at the walk & run through registrations and pledges will support local families affected by alzheimer’s.
but i really think you should join us!
are you getting active before thanksgiving dinner?