My father passed away from Alzheimer's 10 years ago, and to honor him I formed a team for the Walk to End Alzheimer's. The walk was Saturday morning, and even though it was very hot and very humid, hundreds of people showed up to raise money. We walked along the waterway in The Woodlands, north of Houston. If you visit Houston, check it out. There are stores, restaurants, hotels, movie theaters, an amphitheater, and water taxis.
Our team is ready to start. That's me with Hubby and Iris. Our oldest son and his wife, Jennifer, recruited her mother and sister. Hopefully next year, our team will be larger. (Really, I'm not short. Everyone else is just so tall.)
The local chapter welcomes dogs on the walk. I saw this cutie at the starting line. I wonder if he made it the entire way.
Kids loved petting the dogs. These girls were so cute in their team t-shirts. They politely asked if they could pet her before approaching.
The finish line. After our team finished walking, Taylor and Callie ran another lap. Yes, that's him looking like a character from Duck Dynasty. The following day he trimmed the beard and got a haircut. Thank goodness.
Iris has had it. I forgot to bring a travel water bowl for the dogs, so we cut a water bottle in half, and they had no problem drinking from it.
These dogs knew how to cool off. The pool was for drinking, but these two waded right in.
To find a walk near you, search the Alzheimer's Association website.
For more information on Alzheimer's disease, check out alz.org/facts .
Memory loss is not the only warning sign of Alzheimer's. Since early detection is so important, read about the 10 warning signs at alz.org/10signs.
I hope you're inspired to find a charity walk near you. Here are just a few:
Avon Walk for Breast Cancer
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Leukemia and Lymphoma Light the Night Walk
Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes
Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run and Arthritis Walk
National Alliance of Mental Illness Walk
American Heart Association Heart Walk
Even though the illnesses are serious the walks are fun. Find one that has meaning to you.
Have you participated in one of these charity walks or a different one? I'd love to hear, so please leave a comment.