Let's Make Memories Matter
For about 3 years now, I have been participating in the annual Walk for Alzheimer's here in McMaster. In the beginning, fundraising for the cause had been about trying to connect with my late grandmother, Preciosa Irma, who had passed away from Alzheimer's Disease. We didn't have the perfect granddaughter-grandmother relationship you'd often see in movies. She was never the Grandmama to my Anastasia, the Katharine to my Sarah Huttinger, nor the Emily Gilmore to my Rory. She didn’t bake cookies for me, or give me a locket to remember her by. Yet somehow, years after her passing, I find myself intertwined with her through this cause.
What started out as an amorphous desire to commemorate someone I was never close to, over time took shape into a greater purpose. I didn't it know it then, but all this was and is still is part of a greater plan - His plan. If you know me personally, you probably heard me speak about the "puzzle pieces" I have been given over the years - and how perplexed and sometimes frustrated I'd get over trying to understand why I have so many (seemingly) disparate passions (because what on earth was I supposed to do with them after university?) Well, Alzheimer's disease, making memories matter, and hearing, telling, and preserving stories, are all puzzle pieces to the giant, albeit, helter skelter puzzle that is my life.
I've accepted the fact that I may not solve the puzzle as soon as I'd like to, so I take comfort in the fact that these spiritual, inexplicable prompts I'd get from time to time help me appreciate the big picture.
But of course this fundraising is not about me, it never really was. This is about those people who already solved their puzzles, but through Alzheimer's, their pieces are slowly being pulled away. Being unsure of how my jigsaw puzzle looks like inadvertently helps me appreciate how people with AD experience the same thing, except in reverse.
Whether you know someone who is affected by this disease, or you find yourself being pulled to help, please do consider donating to this wonderful cause. The Alzheimer Society provides essential programs and services that work to effectively alleviate the personal and social consequences of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias within our community. Your donations will be helping the Alzheimer Society to continue its important work towards a world without Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
If you are interested in learning more about Alzheimer's and other dementias, you can start here: http://www.alzheimer.ca/en/Home/About-dementia/Alzheimer-s-disease
Thanks you so much for support. Let's make memories matter!
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