Today, I’d like you to remember one name: Barbara Marable.
She was born in 1937. Growing up she loved sewing, dancing and soap operas. More than anything else, she always loved helping others through a kind word or home-cooked meal. In 2007, she started showing the first signs of Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a form of dementia whose symptoms include loss of speech, loss of mobility and loss of memory. As the disease progresses, even the simplest tasks become impossible. Needless to say, it became harder and harder for Barbara to do all those things she loved. And after seven years, on January 10th, 2014, my grandmother passed away.
Alzheimer’s disease is predicted to affect 1 out of 85 people by the year 2057 and there currently is no cure. But hopefully we can change that.
I’ve started a gofundmepage, whose link will be listed at the bottom. Every donation you make, will go to straight to alz.org, a non-profit company committed to Alzheimer’s research and prevention. And you won’t leave empty-handed. Barbara always believed that if you couldn’t do something extraordinary, than do ordinary things extraordinarily. So while I can barely sew a button and my dancing is pretty terrifying to watch, I can offer gifts of writing and acting to donors. Depending on the size of your donation, you may get a sonnet, one act play, full reenactment of your favorite movie scene or I may write and perform a play in your town. All the details are at the link at the bottom, so feel free to check it out.
I’ll keep the page open until the modest $37,000 goal is reached or until November, Alzheimer’s awareness month. If you can’t donate, that’s completely fine. But if you could, please pass this link along to friends, family, coworkers or that random facebook friend you don’t really know. Because awareness is just as important.
Whether you are a new or old reader for this blog, thanks for taking a couple of minutes to read this. And whether it be through a donation or through sharing this video, I am incredibly grateful for your actions today. This all started to honor the memory of the unforgettable Barbara. Here’s hoping that it ends with Alzheimer’s disease as nothing more than a bad memory.
If you would like to make a donation, you can go to http://www.gofundme.com/Andrew4BarbaraM.