Power Behind the Flower

“It all actually kind of came together,” begins Ashley Ferguson of Jacksonville, North Carolina. “My family has a weekly tradition of going to the farmer’s market and the local Walk to End Alzheimer’s happened to have a booth promoting the 2021 Walk.” Ashley made a donation and in return received an Walk t-shirt as well […]

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Daughter asks who’s “got their ears on” for Alzheimer’s Awareness

“Hey Shirley, this is Squirrely. You got your ears on?” So goes the refrain of a 1970s song. “A fun memory about my mom, Shirley, is that she loved to talk on the Citizens Band (CB) radio back in the 1970’s,” shares Julie Clarke of Greensboro, N.C. Julie’s parents owned a floor covering business in […]

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A Prescription for Caregiving

Dr. Azra Shaikh, a primary care physician in Cary, N.C., was accustomed to fixing things for her patients and taking care of their health needs. But when Alzheimer’s disease took control of her mother and her father began to suffer from another form of dementia, called frontotemporal dementia, she faced a problem that even her […]

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Twist of Fate Plants Seeds for a Passion

Call it happenstance or serendipity, but Michelle Mills’ journey within the realm of Alzheimer’s disease unknowingly began over ten years ago when she took a position as a caregiver through Home Instead, a company that provides home care services. “I needed to make some extra money as I was between jobs and am the type […]

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Answering The Call

As a speech-language pathologist in Kentucky, Nancy Swigert took her professional calling seriously. She spent her career evaluating patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), an early stage of memory loss or other cognitive ability loss in individuals who maintain the ability to independently perform most activities of daily living. She counseled families on ways to […]

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You belong in the Champions Club

The countdown is on to the 2022 Walk to End Alzheimer’s® season! Join our exclusive Walk to End Alzheimer’s Champions Club! Channel your passion for a future without Alzheimer’s to earn rewards and recognition as a: Champion: Raise $500 to earn a commemorative medal to wear on Walk day. Grand Champion: Raise $1,000 to earn a special raglan […]

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The Path that Led to You: a Love Story through Dementia

Robert Hahn was killing time after dropping his 15-year-old daughter off at the roller-skating rink on a Friday the 13th in May of 1983 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. What would typically be considered an unlucky day turned out to be where two paths that had been so close in proximity were about to finally meet and begin […]

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Serving Up Passion in the Fight to ENDALZ

Have you ever been to a restaurant and watched in amazement as the server carefully balances a tray of several drinks, poured to the rim in delicate glasses, along with an entire family’s piping hot meals and perhaps, even, a basket of bread for the next table? Beverly Maurice, a lively, purple-haired gal from Statesville, […]

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Love is Never Lost in Translation

A Korean War veteran who earned two purple hearts, U.S. Sergeant First Class Francisco Muniz, was equally known for his fierce commitment to his family and quick-witted sense of humor. After serving eight years in the U.S. Army, Francisco became a mechanic for big rig diesel trucks as well as a truck driver until he […]

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