Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Walk to End Alzheimer's

It was an early Saturday morning, and a cold one to boot, but it was a morning for a cause.

The Walk to End Alzheimer's!

June and I dressed alike in black pants and purple - the signature color of the event.
Michael even walked despite having his boot on! Dedication of a husbandly nature!
And my mom walked too - June loves her Vivi!
It was one of those first cold Arizona mornings which made it extra great. We got to bundle up in sweatshirts and enjoy some hot coffee before the Walk started.

Our team - the Waltzers Against Alz'ers - raised about $500 for the cause! My friend Annie joined us along with her sisters and Mom.
The flowers were pinwheels that were given out to participants at the beginning. Purple represented you knowing someone with Alzheimer's, yellow meant you were a supporter of someone with Alzheimer's and blue meant you had the disease.

One of Annie's niece's wanted blue SO BADLY that they got her one, which was so cute and funny. We hope no one saw her and was worried about super-onset.

There were a lot of people wearing tee-shirts with pictures or names of loved ones on them. This man carried a picture of his relative the whole way.
At the end of the walk you could keep your flower or place it in the "garden," where many people had written messages of love on the petals and leaves.
The walk was three miles long but it had a shortcut to make it one mile long. We ended up taking the uncharted two mile route after missing the turnoff for the shortcut but also being unwilling to walk that extra mile (see: Michael's foot less than a month after surgery). June hung out in the stroller the whole time and babbled at passers by.

I was so happy to spend the morning this way - supporting something larger than myself, something that I believe in, something that I'm passionate about. I'm proud of the money we raised toward ending Alzheimer's and I truly hope that one day we'll know how to cure or prevent this terrible, terrible disease.

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