Why I Walk – Afton Edwards

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My name is Afton Edwards and I Walk to End Alzheimer’s in memory of my grandmother, Lois Amidon, who passed away on February 7th, 2015. My grandmother battled Alzheimer’s Disease for about 7 years.

This year will be my 11th year participating in Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

My grandmother and I always enjoyed spending time with each other. When I was a young child, we would go to the Science Museum and even Kings Dominion to ride the roller coasters.

When my grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, we still would enjoy our times together. When she moved to an assisted living facility about 6 years ago, I would go see her almost every single day and help my mom take care of her.

On Sundays, we would go to church together, and then bring my grandmother to my house to have lunch and we would usually play cards.

I truly enjoyed and cherish every memory that was shared with my grandmother. Now that she is gone, I miss her greatly, but I know she is in a better place.

I hope that more and more people consider joining the cause and participate in the Walk or donating money. Together, we can #ENDALZ.

You can now register for the 2015 Walks to End Alzheimer’s!

Northern Neck – Middle Peninsula; Saturday, September 19th at Bethpage Camp Resort. Register and donate at bit.ly/NNMPWalkToEndALZ2015

Fredericksburg; Saturday, September 26th at University of Mary Washington. Register and donate at bit.ly/FredericksburgWalkToEndALZ2015

Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s; Saturday, November 7th at Innsbrook. Register and donate at bit.ly/RVAWalkToEndALZ2015

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Why I Walk – Cindy Hamlin

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My name is Cindy Hamlin and I Walk to End Alzheimer’s for my friend Gloria.

In 2013, the cause became personal when I lost her to Alzheimer’s. She was a force of nature who hated losing her independence.

Until Gloria, I had not been directly affected by Alzheimer’s.

During the same time period, while working in the senior healthcare industry, I saw first-hand the devastation that Alzheimer’s has on the individual, their caregivers, and their family.

The wife of a former serviceman sent me a lovely thank you note because she wanted me to understand that the man I was seeing at work was not her husband. He was in the late stages of Alzheimer’s, and she talked so lovingly about the man he used to be. After she attended the Caregivers Coalition, it eased her embarrassment over some of things, as she described him, her “gentleman husband,” had been doing.

As I work to raise money for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at various events in the area, I am moved by the fact that there is not a person that I come into contact with that has not had someone in their circle afflicted or touched by the disease. Realizing this, I am motivated to work toward a world without Alzheimer’s!

Please join me in the fight to #ENDALZ.

You can now register for the 2015 Walks to End Alzheimer’s!

Northern Neck – Middle Peninsula; Saturday, September 19th at Bethpage Camp Resort. Register and donate at bit.ly/NNMPWalkToEndALZ2015

Fredericksburg; Saturday, September 26th at University of Mary Washington. Register and donate at bit.ly/FredericksburgWalkToEndALZ2015

Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s; Saturday, November 7th at Innsbrook. Register and donate at bit.ly/RVAWalkToEndALZ2015