October 2013

Charity Corner- Walk to End Alzheimer's

Author: Special to CH2


More than half of all Americans know someone with Alzheimer’s disease. If you ask almost anyone, they will tell you about how Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia has affected their family or someone they know. For many of us, Alzheimer’s is personal. We can remember the day when our loved one was diagnosed or when he or she no longer recognized family members. It is a heartbreaking disease that must be stopped. For Beaufort County resident Reid Richmond, it’s personal. He shares his story here:

WHY I WALK BY REID RICHMOND
“In life, my mother walked the walk. While others gave lip service, my mother served. Though her justifications were predominantly faith-based, my mother’s call to service came from a deeply personal desire to help those in need and to love the “unloved”— a compulsion and a call that transcended any attempt to assign it to a particular religion. Hers was an acceptance of basic human nature—true human nature: empathy, sympathy, tolerance, and love. We are meant to care about each other as well as for each other. My mother knew this.

I walk for my mother who was unable to take her daily walks to her friend’s house around the corner because she would get lost; an artist who could no longer put brush to canvas; a woman with the heart and soul of a teacher who could no longer lead her beloved Sunday school class. I walk for my mother who loved to be around those whom she loved and cherished, but then grew increasingly uncomfortable in groups and lost in their conversations. I walk for my mother who always longed to reach out and share her joy with those around her, but became unable to communicate what she wanted to say. I walk for my father who had to watch, on a daily basis, as his beloved partner in life became a shell of who she once was while he continued to love and care for her, even as she was less and less able to take care of herself until, finally, her frail and tired body succumbed to the disease that had ravaged her brain. I walk because my mother would have walked, thinking simply that we all should walk—for each other. My mother knew this.”

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the Alzheimer’s Association’s largest fundraiser. Without the walk, we would be unable to fund research, case and support. However, the walk is so much more! On any given weekend during the fall, thousands of people across the country rise early, dress in purple and walk to create awareness about the nation’s sixth leading cause of death. Funds are raised, advocates are recruited and participants have many opportunities to make a difference in people’s lives, both now and in the future.

BE A PART OF THE BEAUFORT COUNTY WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26 IN OLD TOWN BLUFFTON AT THE CALHOUN ST. PROMENADE. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT ALZ.ORG./WALK OR CALL (843) 571-2641.

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