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Walk to End Alzheimer’s is More Than a Walk

Walk to End Alzheimer???s is more than a walk. It is an experience for participants in Galveston to learn about Alzheimer???s disease and how to get involved with this critical cause, from advocacy opportunities and clinical studies enrollment to support programs and services.

*Originally published in The Galveston County Daily News
By WILL WRIGHT | Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 10:00 pm

???You need a ride where????

???No. Anita Wright!???

It only took three or four back and forth for the people on opposite ends of the phone to realize what the other was saying. The realization that her Texas drawl wasn???t actually asking for a ride somewhere, but was in fact introducing herself, would become an oft-repeated family joke for years. Jackets and caps would sport the name ???INEEDARIDE??? and her email address would prominently feature the term, all as a reminder to an incredible sense of humor.

Anita Wright, or Mom as I preferred, would pass away in 2012 at the age of 70. There were a variety of issues that contributed to this, but the most difficult to comprehend was the advancing dementia over the last years of her life. The physical aspects we had come to understand, but the cognitive difficulties were something new for us. What I can now see was there for years in small moments early on, would become a new normal in her later years. We took a lot of steps, learning as much as we could, in our work to be the best caregivers we could for her. Those steps would serve as my introduction to dementia and Alzheimer???s, and more importantly, to the Alzheimer???s Association.

The Alzheimer???s Association is inviting Galveston area residents to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in the Alzheimer???s Association Walk to End Alzheimer???s. The walk will take place on Oct. 8 at Stewart Beach Pavilion in Galveston. This year???s walk has a goal to raise over $142,000 and welcome over 900 walkers to the Galveston shoreline. To learn more, or to start or join a team, visit alz.org/walk. To learn more about the disease and available resources, call the toll free Alzheimer???s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

Walk to End Alzheimer???s is more than a walk. It is an experience for participants in Galveston to learn about Alzheimer???s disease and how to get involved with this critical cause, from advocacy opportunities and clinical studies enrollment to support programs and services.

Our steps with Alzheimer???s continue. Through news of friends recently diagnosed to continued hope for effective treatments. This is our second year participating in the walk and my wife and I are looking forward to a morning with our son and friends on the beach. We???d love for you to join us by starting a team, making a donation or just coming out to walk or show support. Each step counts.

When it came time to name our team, the only thing that seemed appropriate was ???INEEDARIDE.??? Mom would get a chuckle out of this, but she???d also be right there with the rest of us, likely in the aforementioned hat or jacket, on the walk as we remember and celebrate a whole lot of good people who have been impacted by this disease.

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