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The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®

Six years ago, I made an emergency trip back to Maine because my Aunt, the woman who raised me, had suffered a major heart attack. I thought that I would be going there to say goodbye, and although she did not die that July, in many ways, I did say goodbye. For a week, I sat by her bedside for 12 hours a day as she went from being nearly comatose to complaining that I was drinking too much Diet Pepsi. I touched down back in Vegas on a blazing Saturday and within 30 minutes after I had landed, I called to let her know that I was safely home. This is was happened: “Hi Aunt Kay. I am home safe and sound.” “Where did you go?” “HUH? I was in Maine.” “That’s nice. You come all the way to Maine, and you don’t come to see me.” “What? I was there with you everyday.” “What are you talking about? I have not seen you in two years. Why do lie to me, Mary-Beth?” This went on for a good ten minutes as I cried, and she turned to her roommate and asked if she had ever met me. It was one of the saddest moments of my life, sadder perhaps than the day that I got the call that Aunt Kay had actually died. Over the next months, I would call her daily, and her memory grew worse with sporadic glimpses of clarity. She became childlike and would turn to my Uncle and ask if she had left the house that day or if she had eaten. My Uncle, in turn, grew weak and I heard the pain in his voice as he tried to deny that she had a problem. He was suffering from her horrible disease as much as she was.

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research. The Walk helps the Alzheimer’s Association fulfill its vision to create a world without Alzheimer’s disease. It’s also a wonderful chance to pay tribute to and honor those who’ve been touched by Alzheimer’s. We need plenty of volunteers this year to help us with various volunteer projects the day of the Walk, and the days leading up to our Walk, so please join us!

Volunteers are needed for all aspects of the walk:

  • Publicizing the event by sharing information at the places you frequent and organizations in which you are involved
  • Helping with set-up, clean-up or manning a booth on the day of the walk. Also, guiding walkers/cheering-on walkers along the walk route

It is early and it is a Saturday, but we need 15 happy, vivacious volunteers to be a part of the Memory Walk on October 27 at the Fashion Show Mall.

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  • Theresa Y.

    The was great

    October 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent expedrience, lots of walkers and only criticism would be too many volunteers.

    October 27, 2012

  • Mary-Beth

    Hi Nairobi,
    Thanks for volunteering. All volunteers will be meeting in front of the Chipotle at the Fashion Show Mall. Please look/ask for Shanna when you get there. She is an AOK member and a staff member for the Alzheimer's Association. Volunteers will be asked to do a variety of tasks associated with the walk. This may include registration, food service or guiding walkers to name just a few. Shanna has been a great help in the past, and I am sure that she will find the perfect spot for you. I will not actually be there as I am doing the pancake breakfast for AFAN at Applebee's. Shanna is the event host.

    October 26, 2012

  • Nairobi

    Where exactly are we going to meet?
    And I'm not really clear on what we're going to be doing.

    October 26, 2012

  • Lisa F.

    Any additional help needed for the Saturday walk? I would love to participate.

    October 25, 2012

  • Theresa Y.

    I may be a bit late - around 7am but I will be there. Looking forward to it.

    October 24, 2012

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