The husband and I teamed up with family over the weekend for the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s event in downtown Minneapolis. Thousands of Minnesotans gathered together to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s research, and we, as a family, gathered together to honor our rockin’ grandma who died suffering from the disease. The date of the walk fell close to the date that would have been my grandma’s birthday, so we made sure to celebrate her life by wearing birthday hats and walking with balloons.
Family. Fundraisers. A desire to fight such a heartbreaking illness. And birthday hats.
Sure makes waking up early on a Saturday morning totally and completely worth it.
Much to Darrin’s delight, the color of Alzheimer’s awareness happens to be purple, which gave Darrin an excuse to support Alzheimer’s awareness and his beloved Minnesota Vikings all in the same morning. He was sort of happy about the coincidence, as I’m sure the following picture reveals.
My bright red tongue. The result of consuming around 5 cough drops on our way to the walk. Seasonal colds are terrible, but who the heck cares when you’re celebrating the one million dollars your city raised with the hopes of punching Alzheimer’s right in the face?
Sure. Maybe we didn’t have to wake up early on our September weekend to walk through Minneapolis. Perhaps we didn’t need to wear preschooler birthday hats while carrying signs or holding balloons. A simple online donation might have sufficed.
But family is all about doing more than you “have to” for those you love. Or in honor of those you miss.
If you’re at all interested in the Alzheimer’s Association, you can visit their website HERE to read about the work they’re doing and the other walks they’re hosting around the United States!
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