From the Atlanta Walk to End Alzheimer’s Champion’s Club
In Georgia alone, there are 150,000 people living with Alzheimer’s with more than 334,000 caregivers – husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, grandchildren and friends.
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is an opportunity for people to honor those who are and have lived with this disease. But, it is also an opportunity to bring hope by raising money to end this disease.
The following caregivers and friends have raised more than $1,000…. which means they have reached the Champions Club. In their own words, they share why they Walk to End Alzheimer’s…
“This is my first time participating in an event for Alzheimer’s Association and I am looking forward to the walk on Saturday. Alzheimer’s is just a heartbreaking disease. I walk because my father has this awful disease and is currently staying at Peachtree Creek facility because he can’t do anything on his own anymore. He is just a shell of what he once was”.
“I am walking for my Dad, walking for Michael Murphy!
“I’m so excited to be participating in this walk and supporting this wonderful cause. It’s been such an honor to represent Team Taylor both here and back at home in D.C. I’m walking because of my dad”.
“I walk for my dad who passed away from Alzheimer’s on January 11”.
“My name is Wynter Bryant, and I walk for my mom, Juanita Bryant who’s fighting everyday to live. I love you mom!”
“I walk for my mom, Martha Potts. She loved her children, her pets, her newspapers and Richard Gere and she is greatly missed. Mom passed away from Alzheimer’s August 13, 2020”.
“I am walking because of my mom who is currently suffering from Alzheimer’s”.
“I walk for family members afflicted with dementia – my mother, sister, brother and mother-in-law. I also walk for friends and their families who have been affected by this devastating disease”.
“I walk for my granddaddy, my best friend”.
“For my Mom….Because she’s been by my side since day one…Now, it’s my turn to be by hers….”
“I walk for Bernice!”
I originally started walking with the Atlanta Parrot Head Club in memory of Jimmy Buffet’s Dad J.D. Buffett.
Along the way I walked in memory of my Great Aunt Dolores, she was awesome and we loved her very much. It was really hard to watch her fade away.
This year I’m walking in memory of my dear friend Steve Keeley. We met thru the Atlanta Parrot Head Club, we have been friends for over 30 years. He pass away this year, and I miss him very much. I hope we do find a cure, and I hope we find it soon.
For my husband Nelson, 10 years plus with Alzheimer’s.
“For my grandmother”.
“My Dad is why I walk. This is a fairly recent picture during a particularly stressful period. I always thought I would be devastated when my Dad no longer remembered I was his daughter but on this day, he thanked me for being a wonderful friend. Bottom line – my Dad knows I love him and care for him and that is what is truly most important”.
“For my wife”.
“I walk for my Dad, James M. Dixon Sr., who ended his journey with Alzheimer’s disease April 2018. He was the absolute best Dad ever!”
“I walk for my mom, who is in the very late stages of the disease”.
“This is who I walk for, my beautiful Gail McCorvey just months before she had a major mental collapse and was admitted to The Fountain View Center…. and in a better time in our lives….”