I know I haven’t posted on this blog in a little bit, but I wanted to ask you all for a huge favor. But first, a little backstory…
From about my sophomore year of high school, until this past July, my mom and I had been caretakers to my 87 year old grandma. Along with the help of my uncle and cousins, we took care of her every day until the day she peacefully passed. And although I had seen my paternal grandma suffer from Alzheimer’s, I didn’t realize the incredible deterioration that happens due to this disease. I saw my grandma, “Ma”, go from a lively, happy, woman, with an incredible talent for cooking to a shell of her real self. She turned into a gentle but confused woman who had no idea who people were most of the time, besides those who saw her every day. She was with me through my highschool career, my proms, graduations, first time driving, my first boyfriend, but she didn’t truly get to experience them with me. I wonder what she would have said to me if she knew what was going on around her, what stories she would tell, how she would have dealt with the grief and how she would have lived her life after my grandpa’s death. It was like losing her before she was really gone.
It wasn’t just her mind that went. She slowly became physically dependent on us for everything. I’ll spare you the details because I’m sure you can guess. But it came to a point where she could no longer physically eat, due to the deterioration of her brain.
While I still had great times with her, singing in Ukrainian, clapping along to happy songs on the radio, and sitting between her legs while she idly played with my hair, I would have loved to spend those moments with her when she knew exactly who I was.
Ma is the reason that my family and I have decided to join the Alzheimer’s Association’s “Walk to End Alzheimers”. And because I hate asking people for money without offering something in return, I’ve used my student level graphic design skills to design a shirt. I’m using customink’s booster website to raise money for the walk I’m participating in this September and I’d appreciate it if you would help support this great cause. Funding Alzheimer’s research and bringing it into the public eye a little more with these shirts is what I’m trying to accomplish with this fundraiser. If you can afford it and want to help the cause, the t shirts are $20 each plus a flat $5 shipping rate. Every dollar I raise gets sent to me as a check already written our for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Here is the site for the booster:www.booster.com/aa-walk-fund
And here is the site to donate if you don’t want to buy a shirt or just want to donate a little less: Alzheimer’s Association Website
I appreciate any support I can get from you all, even if it’s just reblogging this post! Thank you all so much!
Guys pls reblog!!!!