Walk to End Alzheimer's
Between August 1 - August 16th, I will be donating 20% of my sales to the Walk to End Alzheimer's, specifically to Team Alicia. Alicia's dad, Doug, was one of my fathers closest friends since childhood. Doug passed away on March 27, 2014, but is forever in our hearts. Since, Alicia's bravery has been so inspiring. She is very involved in the Alzheimer's Association, so I asked her to write a little something up to tell you more about why I have decided to do this.
Hi all! My name is Alicia Kristjanson. In honor of the upcoming Walk To End Alzheimer’s in August, Krista has kindly decided to donate a portion of her profits to the Alzheimer’s Association. To make sense of this all, I will have to trace back a few steps.
I met Krista when I was just a young kid. Given that I’m only seventeen now, I mean a really young kid. We know each other because our dads were great childhood and lifelong friends. Really, they were life long friends. Even past my dad’s death, Krista’s family has always been there to support mine.
My dad died at the young age of 49 of Early Onset Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is a brain disease. As the brain deteriorates, a person with the disease loses not only their memory but also their ability to function properly in their daily life.
After his passing I started working very closely with the Alzheimer’s Association to try and help fight the disease. I have climbed my way up the ladder and I am proud to say that I am currently the youngest member on the Board for the Washington Chapter, I have spoken at many events sharing my story, and I will always consider myself a devoted volunteer. I have developed a passion to fight against the disease that took my father’s life, so I have formed a team for the Walk To End Alzheimer’s fundraising event, and that is where Krista’s donations will go.
The funds that the Association raises go not only to helping find a cure, but also to aiding those who are in need. May it be caretakers, family members, or people who have the disease themselves, the Association is there to lend a helping hand and try and lessen the hardship that the disease brings.
Krista has been so kind to go out of her way to donate. So thank you Krista, and thanks to the readers for buying her cookies in support of a good cause.