My final Blondes vs. Brunettes Houston RivALZ game is only two weeks away, and in honor of this incredible organization I’d like to share one of the reasons #WhyIBvB: my amazing Mamaw, Carolyn Morgan.
The saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” rings so true when I look at the wedding photo of Mamaw and me.
First, I think of the people that are missing from it. My Mamaw was the only grandparent that was able to join us for our big day, mostly because the horrible effects of Alzheimer’s and dementia prevented our other grandparents from joining us. Brain disease is attacking the adult population in the US at an alarming rate, and the rapid decline it causes often comes without warning. Had you asked me when Drew and I started dating (after meeting through this amazing organization) if all of our living grandparents would be by our side on our wedding day, I likely would have said “of course!”. But, my PawPaw Brooks and Grampa Morgan (my namesakes) have both been victims of Alzheimer’s and dementia. I’ve learned all too well that brain disease is nasty and indiscriminate and can change a person’s ability to walk, talk, and remember their loved ones overnight.
Second, I think of the immense joy I feel for having this incredible woman in my life. Not only is she an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, and friend – she is also a patient, loving, and hardworking caretaker for my Grampa. Caretakers are too often forgotten in this epidemic called Alzheimer’s, but they are the true heroes. Currently there are 16.1 million Americans who provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia, totaling 18.4 BILLION hours of care a year, and she is one of them. I know she yearned to have my Grampa by her side on our wedding day, and I know that it was crushing to leave him to join us in Mexico, but it meant the world to me and I’m so immensely thankful for her.
I BvB because of my Mamaw, and for all caretakers. I fight to find a cure for Alzheimer’s and dementia because I’m confident there is a future in which we have found a cure for this disease – a future in which families won’t have to suffer through the ups and downs of Alzheimer’s like mine has. I fight for every person in these photos, my grandparents that I love dearly who’s lives have been flipped upside down because of this disease. We cannot find a cure without your help. Please support my efforts to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s by making a donation to the cause. A $25 dollar donation will pay for your entry into the big game & after party this Saturday, May 5th, and 100% of your donation is tax-deductible. Every last dollar counts as we strive to meet our fundraising goal of $350,000!