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Why I Walk – Maurita Hassler

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 6:17:13 PM
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Maurita is a Professional CareGiver who works with Residents and their families. Here’s her story:

For seven years I have worked and given care with people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. It is such a sad disease, not only for those going through it, but for the family members who care for them as well.

I have seen what they all go through not only on good days, but on bad as well. My heart is with them ALWAYS.

Every year we walk! Every year we can only pray that this will be the year to end Alzheimer’s!

Help Maurita by making a donation to the Comfort Crusaders Team – Click here to make a donation. Help us make sure no one walks alone.

For more information about The Walk to End Alzheimer’s and how you can get involved, please visit our event page here. If you have any questions, feel free to call our office at 316-267-7333

Why I Walk – Sheryll Lathrop McClenny

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 7:50:12 PM
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Sheryll is a family member of one of our Residents. Read her story to find out why she walks to end Alzheimer’s disease:

I walk for Alzheimer’s for those that can’t.

Our family lost our mother to Alzheimer’s in 2009 after a three year battle. This disease robbed her of dignity and memory.

In 2016 our father, who cared for our beautiful mom with love and kindness till the very end, was diagnosed with this horrible diagnosis. At 92, we watch as we lose him bit by bit and know the outcome.

So I support and walk where they and so many, many others cannot.

How could I not?

Help Sheryll by making a donation to the Comfort Crusaders Team – Click here to make a donation. Help us make sure no one walks alone.

For more information about The Walk to End Alzheimer’s and how you can get involved, please visit our event page here. If you have any questions, feel free to call our office at 316-267-7333

Why I Walk – Jessica Dean

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 5:28:14 PM
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Jessica is a nurse at Founders Crest. She frequently works with our Residents and their families. Here’s her story:

I was only 10 years old when I received, what I believe now to be, my calling. My Great-grandfather had just passed away and we gathered at a Relative’s home following his service. My Great-grandmother was relentlessly searching for him in every room. She would yell out for him and then tell me, “I know Ed is around here somewhere.” Moments after this repetitive statement you would hear a harsh voice, coming from a distance, shout, “He passed away, Juanita. We just went to his funeral earlier today! Don’t you remember?”

I saw her face change with every “reminder” while she grabbed her chest and gasped, as if it was the first time she had been told. I knew at that moment, at 10 years old, that we were doing her a grave injustice. It was the pivotal moment that I realized this disease, Alzheimer’s, was a taboo.

I knew my family wanted to do right by Juanita but were never equipped with the resources needed to do so. It was because of this that we missed out on our own memories with her.

As time went on my Great Grandmother was bounced around from care home to care home. She was a great escape artist who also had “behaviors” commonly associated with her disease, but few places were equipped to meet her needs.

Years later, after her passing, I remember feeling a void. Only remembering the shell of who my Great-grandmother really was. I knew that THIS is not the way things should be.

Because of these events, I walk. I walk for every Resident I have cared for, for every family who has ever endured this long good bye. I walk to end the taboo associated with Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. I walk to bring awareness. I walk to END Alzheimer’s.

“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.”

Help Jessica by making a donation to the Comfort Crusaders Team – Click here to make a donation.

For more information about The Walk to End Alzheimer’s and how you can get involved, please visit our event page here. If you have any questions, feel free to call our office at 316-267-7333.

Why I Walk – Taylor Hutton

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 2:13:58 PM
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Taylor is the daughter of one of our Residents at Comfort Care Homes in Wichita, KS. Here’s her story:

Alzheimer’s is a word that has been around in my family since 1984 when my grandmother Jo Anna got diagnosed with Early On-Set Alzheimer’s at the age of 47. After that, 3 of her children were also diagnosed with Early On-Set, including my own mother who was diagnosed at the age of 49.

6 years later and she now has severe Alzheimer’s and has been in a home for the past 3 years. She still tells jokes, loves her dog, and loves spending time with her 3 daughters and 5 grandkids.

Even though Alzheimer’s has taken a lot of her, deep down she is still my mom who I love dearly.

She is my reason to end Alzheimer’s. #fightlikeaknight

Help Taylor by making a donation to the Comfort Crusaders Team – Click here to make a donation.

For more information about The Walk to End Alzheimer’s and how you can get involved, please visit our event page here. If you have any questions, feel free to call our office at 316-267-7333.

Why I Walk – Pam Crawford

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 2:51:46 PM
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I walk for my Father who had Parkinson’s Dementia and for my Grandmother.

My memories of my grandmother as a Pastor’s wife are full of feeding us gum and candy bars in church to keep us kids quiet. She loved to cook and believed any ailment you had was remedied by food. Every one of us grandkids knew we were loved immensely and enjoyed the twinkle in her eye and laughter as she watched us eat together as a family. Memories of picking veggies from the garden and her canning – always remember her homemade Apple Butter.

Last but not least, was her legacy to us of her beautiful crocheted blankets, tablecloths, baby hats, doilies, etc. This was my fondest memory, of watching her sit for hours to make beautiful things that made others smile. It was extremely difficult to realize she could no longer remember how to crochet. Those treasures I keep close to my heart as does my daughter now that Grandma is no longer with us.

I struggled as my Grandmother began to lose her memory over time. I knew Grandma was still there even when she could no longer live at home. When her natural inhibitions no longer worked because of this illness, it was difficult to watch. Nevertheless, we wanted her to know she was loved in any way that we could. Watching my family struggle with this illness also wasn’t easy. You can’t argue with someone with this illness and when she began to live in her past thinking it was the present, it was difficult to watch my family try to persuade her. While we all learned over time the right way to react and interact, those struggles are so real. I am comforted to know that we had each other through the entire journey with my Grandmother.

My father’s journey with Parkinson’s dementia was different and yet equally as challenging. When you know someone who was so full of life and opinions, with a contagious unique laughter who served his country and loved his God with all his heart and then…….you see loss of independence in every facet of life, you cry a bit inside each time knowing that this could be you one day.

Watching him lose his ability to get his words out, lose his strength to sing and praise in church and even eat much, it hits your heart hard. What was so sweet to watch was putting on music he loved or having musicians come to play old hymns, he could still tap his foot and use his hands to show you that it was soothing to him. Even when he couldn’t eat much, you knew a soft Reeses peanut butter cup would offer him some enjoyment and of course, we all have his love of Reese to take with us.

There is not a lot in the way of medications to truly help a person with dementia who develop behavioral challenges. It pained me to see him have to be so medicated at times to finally allow him some inner peace. Watching his struggle to the very end until he took his very last breath, knowing that he was surrounded by family who sang/talked to him until that very last moment…..is another reason I walk.

Though I am so grateful we all had each other – there is still so much more to be discovered to help those who suffer with the illness and their families who have to endure along the way.

Help Pam by making a donation to the Comfort Crusaders Team – Click here to make a donation.

For more information about The Walk to End Alzheimer’s and how you can get involved, please visit our event page here. If you have any questions, feel free to call our office at 316-267-7333.

                

Why I Walk – Stacie Grimes

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 12:25:17 PM
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As a CareGiver participating in the Walk, I am representing my Residents, their family members, and all other CareGivers.

Being in this position, I see all sides of the spectrum. I see the family members and the tears of frustration and sadness they cry for their mother, father, sister, brother, or grandparent who no longer knows them.

I also see the Resident who struggles to express what they are feeling or who is confused as to who the person sitting next to them is, even if it is their wife or child.

I am praying that with the money raised in this Walk and others that we will find a cure! Please consider donating or joining our team and making a difference.

Help Stacie by making a donation to the Comfort Crusaders Team – Click here to make a donation.

For more information about The Walk to End Alzheimer’s and how you can get involved, please visit our event page here. If you have any questions, feel free to call our office at 316-267-7333.

Why I Walk – Brooke Bowlin

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 10:00:40 AM
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I can vividly remember the amazing breakfast my great grandma Oakley would make me when I spent the night. Eggs, bacon, juice, and sugary cereal, that I only got when we stayed at our grandparents. No matter what I asked for she would be delighted to make it. I was always overly stuffed when I ate at great grandmas house.

The Easters with our family where everyone was searching for their special plastic Easter egg, that would surely have a one dollar bill, were some of my earliest Easter memories. As my grandma’s Alzheimer’s progressed I would spend my weekends with my grandpa visiting my great grandma. Mowing the lawn, sweeping the grass off the sidewalk, and chasing the crows from the bird bath are memories I hold dear.

At the time I didn’t understand why my grandma thought I was my mom, but it didn’t matter, I loved spending time with her. Now, almost 20 years later, the impact my great-grandma Oakley had on me is still evident in my everyday life.

Each year as the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is in full swing we are all reminded that no one should ever walk alone. I am comforted to know my grandma and our family didn’t have to walk this journey alone. The love, compassion, and dedication my family had for my grandma were always evident.

Through this journey, I got to learn what unconditional love and support was all about. That love has helped turned me into the daughter, wife, mother, aunt, granddaughter, and person I am today.

My grandmother, and my families love for her, continue to inspire me throughout my adult life. It has given me a passion to help others as they walk through this journey.

So this year I walk to honor great-grandma Oakley and our family. I walk for all those that I meet, on a daily basis, who are on this journey. I hope for a cure to be found, but until that day comes, I walk to remind each person on this journey that they are not alone. I walk to share the love and support with them that I learned from my own families experiences.

Help Brooke by making a donation to the Comfort Crusaders Team – Click here to make a donation.

For more information about The Walk to End Alzheimer’s and how you can get involved, please visit our event page here. If you have any questions, feel free to call our office at 316-267-7333.

Why I Walk – Robert Miller

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 1:30:00 PM
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My maternal grandparents were like magical creatures. They were the amazement of Christmas. They showed up for all my choir events. They coddled and comforted me when I was down or not feeling well. They were present.

And through it all, my grandfather, Alfred Smart, was a rock. He was my hero. He was a positive male role model. And I was his “little buddy.”

I miss hearing him call me that.

I was fortunate to be an adult as he aged and to know him well. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s with dementia and he seemed to decline quickly. But through it all, I continued to be his little buddy. And I stood next to him to the last days of his life. Our entire family did.

He inspires me today. I walk for him.

Help  Robert by making a donation to the Comfort Crusaders Team – Click here to make a donation.

For more information about The Walk to End Alzheimer’s and how you can get involved, please visit our event page here. If you have any questions, feel free to call our office at 316-267-7333.

Why I Walk – Kasey Briedenthal

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 12:20:08 PM
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I walk for many reasons. I walk for my maternal grandma, paternal grandpa and great grandparents who had dementia and Alzheimer’s.

I walk for my paternal grandma who is living with end stages of dementia and Parkinson’s disease. I walk for my mother-in-law who is battling early-onset dementia at the age of 65.

I walk for my family, friends, children and husband who I hope are never afflicted with the disease. I walk for the wonderful residents and families that I serve at ComfortCare Homes.

I have watched this terrible disease steal the memories, personality, and identity of many people close to me. Unfortunately, there will be many more in my lifetime.

I pray that with the donations raised at the Walk to END Alzheimer’s we will get one step closer to a cure or at minimum better treatments.

Help Kasey by making a donation to the Comfort Crusaders Team – Click here to make a donation.

For more information about The Walk to End Alzheimer’s and how you can get involved, please visit our event page here. If you have any questions, feel free to call our office at 316-267-7333.

Why I Walk – Dawn Taylor, House Call Medical Services

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 8:03:30 PM
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I walk because I can.
I walk because I can find my way home.
I walk because I know the faces of those who love me.
I walk because I can speak my joy, my frustration and my sorrow every day.
I walk because I can defend myself.
I walk because I can share my own story.
I walk because those who cannot do these things still have a story worth telling.
I walk for them because I can.


 

Help Dawn by making a donation to the Comfort Crusaders Team – Click here to make a donation.

For more information about The Walk to End Alzheimer’s and how you can get involved, please visit our event page here. If you have any questions, feel free to call our office at 316-267-7333.

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