Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Memory Walk

Last weekend I traveled to Colorado to participate in the Alzheimer's Memory Walk.  The walk was held in City Park right next to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science

The morning was crisp and cool, perfect for walking. 

I walked in honor of my Papa, Jack, who has been suffering with Alzheimer's from many years.  He has such a sweet spirit.  Alzheimer's reveals the deepest character of a person and I am in awe of his.

 Papa greets everyone with a smile and warm hello.  He offers you a little chuckle in a form of a simple joke.  (Unfortunately as the disease progresses these jokes become harder to come by.)  Humor is ingrained deeply, along with the music and the appreciation of the beauty of the day at hand. 

My Uncle getting a ride. (He's a jokester, wonder where he gets it!)
Margery, his wife and my grandma, is never far from his thoughts.  His love for her overflows.  Sometimes I question weather he remembers my name but I never have to question his love for his family.

My hope is that one day, somehow we can find a cure for this horrible, destructive disease.  No one should have to lose themselves or their loved ones so slowly, painfully, bit by bit, memory by memory.

If you like to learn more about Alzheimer's Association visit their website here.  Or if you're interested in finding a Memory Walk near you head here.

(Once again I forget my camera and am forced to use only my iPhone to capture the events.  That little phone of mine is a work horse!  Sorry I know the quality could be better.)