June 17th is the hike!
April 24, 2017
48 Peaks in 48 Hours. In one big collective effort, we’re climbing all of New Hampshire’s 4,000-footers in a single weekend. One team for each peak, with the Alzheimer's cause driving it all.
Team MARGIE is completing our 3rd Annual hike for the 48 Peaks event. While the event started in honor of my Mother, Margie Steele, but we hike each year in honor of all who have suffered from this terrible disease or loved ones who have suffered along with them.
We would be greatly appreciative of any donations to our cause, and certainly welcome anyone who wishes to participate in the hike on June 17th.
My Mother, Margie, was kind, giving and happy, devoted to her family and committed to helping others. She started the Cohasset Food Pantry in 1992. She was named 2006 Citizen of the Year by the Town of Cohasset for her selfless and generous service to her community. Those who knew Mom would describe her as one of the most genuinely nice and caring people they've met.
Our family was forever changed when Margie was diagnosed with Young Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Margie had symptoms in her mid-forties, was diagnosed in her early fifties and by age 55, she was in the late stages. She peacefully passed away in our home, just two weeks after her 58th birthday.
It is impossible to put into words what is was like to witness Margie's mind and her awareness unravel. As the foundation of who she was, slowly, relentlessly crumbled and she slipped away from us. Mom, due to her illness, slipped past our graduations, first jobs and even our weddings. Eventually, everyone and everything was forgotten and Mom completely lost herself. For our family, particularly my father Matt, every moment of every day was consumed with the logistics of caring for Margie and the accompanying fear, anger, sadness, loneliness, exhaustion and drama of it all. It is an indescribable, overwhelming experience. Alzheimer's robbed my mother of everything she had worked so hard for all her life. She lost both her past and her future. My father lost his loving wife, my sisters and I lost our wonderful mother, and the world lost a truly remarkable person.
Alzheimer's Disease devastated my family, and it will devastate millions of other families. It will certainly devastate someone you know - a spouse, parent, sibling, friend, co-worker or neighbor. We are deeply saddened with the loss of our beautiful mother, Margie. We want to honor her and keep her memory alive. We are focusing our energy into raising awareness about Margie's illness and funding reasearch for developing a cure.