My grandmomma started leaving the stove on. She would walk into a room and forget why she was there. These are things lots of us tend to do. Then things progressed, she would become extremely emotional, seemingly out of nowhere and then be unable to articulate why she was crying. When she almost burned the house down cooking breakfast in the middle of the night it was time to admit that she had Alzheimer’s. She was moved into an assisted living facility, shortly thereafter she passed away from complications of Alzheimer‘s.
My stepfather is a kind and gentle man. Veteran, father of two, stepfather of four and generally one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. 18 months ago he would stare off into space, then forget what we were talking about, then he began to forget how to complete every day tasks, and the disease has since progressed. He now lives in a memory care facility.
Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t stop there. As difficult and scary as it is for the individual, it is equally as scary and heartbreaking for the family. The spouses, the children, everyone is affected. Alzheimer’s is a diagnosis of loss, but it should not be a diagnosis of loneliness, together we can raise money to make a difference.
I will be playing for Team Blonde in the 2019 Blonde v. Brunettes powder-puff football game Saturday August 10th at the Cottonbowl. Please CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO DONATE and help tackle Alzheimer‘s.
BvB Dallas is a powder-puff football game and fundraiser hosted for a day of fun, fellowship, philanthropy and enjoyment as a way of raising money for Alzheimer’s Disease research and awareness. Founded by sisters whose father was afflicted by Alzheimer’s, BvB is a personal way for young professionals across the country to raise awareness, funds and support to TACKLE ALZHEIMER’STM FOREVER. BvB Dallas has been the most successful game on and off the field, raising more than $3.5 million and recruiting over 1,000 volunteers for the cause.