Thanks for all of your support on our sad news earlier this week! We appreciate all the kind words and prayers. I will definitely keep you guys updated once we have a surgery date.
I’m all kinds of behind in blogging about all the things that were happening in our life during the week I was blogging about the tv show renovation. So today I want to share something special that our family did a couple of weeks ago. 🙂
To support my father-in-law, who has early onset vascular dementia, Christopher and I decided to join the Walk to End Alzheimer’s this year. We made up a team name (Team Victory, naturally) and set our fund raising goal at $200 on our webpage. Thanks to the generosity of a lot of people who love my parents-in-law, our team raised $540. My mother-in-law cried when she saw how many people had donated on their behalf. She’s a sweet soul, that lady. She is the primary care giver for my father-in-law right now and so often she feels so alone. She has a great church family where she lives, but neither of her kids live in town. Which is a big part of why we try to visit them often.
Some of our Memphis friends have gotten to know my parents-in-law over the years so to support our family, they came out and walked with us too. Jacob & Courtney on the far left and Lyndal & Brodie on the far right. Christopher and I are in the middle with his parents. It meant so much to us to that the same sweet friends who have been walking beside us figuratively during this process and being such a great support to us, were there literally walking beside us on that freezing cold morning. 🙂
At the beginning of the walk everyone gets a certain color flower based on their relationship with Alzheimer’s (care giver, supporter, afflicted, or lost someone) and writes the name of the person they know who is/was affected by Alzheimer’s. The flowers are “planted” in a garden while you walk and when you return you can take yours if you like. It’s bitter sweet seeing things like this. It breaks my heart to see how many of the flowers represented people who have lost loved ones to Alzheimer’s. But it’s also amazing to see the number of people who were care-takers and supporters of people with this disease. My mother-in-law continues to amaze me by the way she cares for my father-in-law during this time.
Have you been part of a walk/5k/marathon/etc for a cause you really cared about?