How many events do you see and read about and think, WOW!! That's really a great event and needed for so many people? Well, the Alzheimer's Walk is that for me. I have two Aunts that have Alzheimer's and one that passed away from it. You would think this would be very important to me. But, If I can be real and transparent with you, it's something I haven't wanted to talk about or even engage. It scares me. It something I want to avoid and pretend it doesn't exist. When Robert told me we were volunteering for it, my first thoughts...."Dogs and kids will be there, of course, it will be fun!"
See!! Cute kids and a dog in the background!!! It's gonna be GREAT!!!!
But then, I started walking around and looking and watching and wondering. Then I found the Garden and I learned what the flowers represented.
Yellow: caregivers for someone with Alzheimer’s.
Orange: supporting the Alzheimer’s Association.
Blue: Living with Alzheimer’s.
Purple: lost someone to Alzheimer’s.
White: this is new flower and it represents hope…. Hope for a cure.
I watched family members, children put flowers in the garden in memory of their “Lulu”. Flowers representing that they were currently caring for someone with Alzheimer’s.
I watched walkers raise flowers that represented why they were there.
I saw people walking with flowers holding them up to show that even though this disease is apart of their life they are there fighting for hope, fighting for a cure.
I was reminded these people have a story and I get to share it through the lens of my camera. It reminded me that even though we may have a disease or an illness it doesn’t define us. It’s a part of us. I saw families walking together. Co-workers showing up together to fight for a cure.
And guess what, it was great. It reminds me that my family is not alone. That together there is hope and hopefully one day the only flowers that will be represented will be white.