Do it for Someone You Love

Before you read the rest of this post, I want you to remember this one called Raw that I wrote some time ago. That’s just so if you should happen to think I might not know what I am talking about, you can be sure that I do. I said then that:

Some sites say that Organic Brain Syndrome is an alternate name for Alzheimer’s. Talking to Mama about it today, we decided that it really doesn’t matter what we call it, the effect is the same. The name means nothing, and the effects mean everything. My Grandmother does not know me.

I said a lot of other things, too, about what Alzheimer’s is and what it does to those who have it and the people who love them. Stuff like:

I am so hurt, and I am so angry. This will take my Grandmother from me millimeter by freaking millimeter until all that is left is the body my real Grandmother used to live in. This is not fair. This stinking sucks. And I hate, hate, hate. this. thing.

Today, I found out about the Memory Walk, and I am sharing the information with you so that, maybe, together, we can do something very important. Since 1989, Memory Walk has raised more than $225 million, to fund and I want to help them. Memory Walks are happening all over the country this fall, and they need team captains, and I have signed up to be one. The name of my team is Yes, We Can, and I’ll be walking in Wilmington on October 13. I’m looking for walkers and I am looking for money.

Now, ideally, you’ll go to the Memory Walk site, and sign up to be captain of your own team. But if for some reason you can’t do that, feel free to click here, and donate to MY team. Because I don’t want this disease to take anyone else’s Grandmother from them.

Memory Walk

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12 thoughts on “Do it for Someone You Love

  1. Cass, I did this on my blog too. I donated to yours. I won’t be walking because I am just unable to walk that long. If I was able I would be sure to walk. But since I can’t I donated! 🙂

  2. I left a donation, though I think I navigated away from your personal page without realizing it because my donation went to your general team. All for a good cause though 😉

  3. A very good cause, indeed. I posted about this and tried to donate, but every time I do, my browser freezes on the site and I have to close it. Maybe later tonight, when it’s cooler, my connection will be better and I can try again then.

  4. Alzheimer’s is a horrible and cruel illness, so anythting that can be done to raise awareness is a good thing.
    My mother is currently in their early stages of dementia – we don’t know for sure yet whether it is Alzheimer’s.
    However, as you rightly point out, whatever people call it the effect is the same. She knows who I am but gets confused about aspects of my life.
    She’s convinced, for example, that I have a new job (I don’t) and that my son’s girlfriend is pregnant (she’s not – and in any case they split up weeks ago)
    Incidentally, I’m new to this blogging business but have just started my own about life as a middle-aged man staring 50 down the barrel of a gun!
    If anyone wants to check it out that would be great…and feel free to leave a comment. You’ll find me at

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