The Reason I Walk 2018

Working as Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants we see the impact that Alzheimer's has on our patients as well as their families every day. Alzheimer's disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. Even more alarming? There is no cure. No medication can reverse effects or surgery to prolong this disease. 5.7 million Americans are currently living with this disease and have to endure the symptoms of memory loss, disorientation, personality changes, and loss of independence. 
On Saturday, September 8th we participated in The Walk to End Alzheimer's in Hermitage, PA. 

Walk to End Alzheimer's 2018 Purpose Therapy Box Team

We asked our team to bring a photo of their loved one who has been affected by Alzheimer's. On our team alone, Alzheimer's prevalence dated back to 1968!

Walk to End Alzheimer's - Purpose Therapy Box Little girl hold a photo of her great grandma who has Alzheimer'sThe Walk to End Alzheimer's Purpose Therapy Box- women holding a photo of her grandmother who has been effected by Alzheimer'sThe Walk to End Alzheimer's Purpose Therapy Box- women holding a photo of her grandparents who were affected by Alzheimer's

In Ohio and Pennsylvania alone there are approximately 1.2 million caregivers for those diagnosed with Alzheimer's. "Please promise me- if and when the day comes that I may forget who you are, please promise, that you wont forget that I am still me." -Mara Botonis

The Walk to End Alzheimer's Purpose Therapy Box Team  The Walk to End Alzheimer's Purpose Therapy Box Team

The Walk to End Alzheimer's Purpose Therapy Box Team

The Walk to End Alzheimer's Purpose Therapy Box Team The Walk to End Alzheimer's Purpose Therapy Box Team

The Walk to End Alzheimer's Purpose Therapy Box Team  

The Walk to End Alzheimer's Purpose Therapy Box Team The Walk to End Alzheimer's Purpose Therapy Box Team

The Walk to End Alzheimer's Purpose Therapy Box Team Shirt

Overall we donated $300 to The Alzheimer's Association to help find a cure and END ALZ! Thank you to everyone who walked with us and thank you to Philadelphia Candies for the AMAZING dark chocolate candy bars!

Xoxo, 

Holly & Ali 

The Walk to End Alzheimer's Purpose Therapy Box Founders Ali Izzo and Holly Masters Holding a donation check

Additional Resources: 

The Alzheimer's Association 

10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer's 

Relieving Stress & Anxiety: Resources for Alzheimer's Caregivers