We just found out that the father of one of our friends has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. That illness scares me more than any other. The thought of someone losing a lifetime of memories is so sad, not to mention how tough it must be for a son or daughter to have a parent that doesn't remember them. There's no way to cure it or prevent it, but participating in an Alzheimer's Memory Walk can help.
I'll bet that most of us have participated in a charity walk-a-thon or two. This method of fundraising is a great way to enjoy the outdoors while raising money and awareness. It also helps you put a face on a cause because you are usually walking with someone who has been personally affected by the disease or issue. The Alzheimer's Memory Walk is in the same vein. It is a 2-3 mile walk during the fall that raises money for Alzheimer's care and research. There are walks scheduled in over 600 communities this year. There is even a Memory Walk team made up of US soldiers walking in Iraq. Why not start a team in your community?