Dancing for awareness | Donating for a cure | Challenging your friends to do the same

Dance or Donate ALZ Challenge:

Don't let embarrassment get in the way of a cure

I started this movement to save my future memories. My grandmother didn't have Alzheimers’ but after her stroke, she didn’t recognized many internal jokes we shared together over the years. That’s when I understood the devastating effect the loss of memory and memories have, not only for the afflicted, but for their friends and family. I couldn’t imagined her not recognizing me! I vowed to do something about it. Like dance! Puerto Ricans love to dance. Young or old, everyone dances with each other at parties and at home. It’s a memory worth saving! Take the challenge. What memory would you want to save?

Here are the instructions:

  • Pick your favorite song

  • Show us your unforgettable moves for 15  seconds

  • Upload your video to your social media (Facebook, lnstagram, Twitter)

  • Hashtag your video #danceordonateALZ 

  • Challenge 3 of your friends to  save  their embarrassment for another day  and dance or donate and hashtag within 24 hours by  tagging them on  your post

  • If you're a business challenge your community partners

CHEERS TO ALZ BRAIN AWARENESS MONTH

For the month of June, 2017, 

in honor of ALZ Brain Awareness Month, 

Tavern On Kruse will be featuring

a menu of cocktails to benefit

The Longest Day Campaign and ABAM. 

Let's drink to that!

MEMORY IS PERSONAL!

I want you to dance for ALZ, and make it memorable so people remember that when they give, they are giving to the brain behind saving theirs, The Alzheimer's Association!

For me, it’s personal. My grandmother had a stroke at the age of 90 in 2010. She recovered somewhat — but a little part of her had died. I knew it the minute I saw it.

We had always, and I mean always, looked at each other during certain awkward moments and our eyes spoke on our behalf. We would acknowledge whatever it was we thought was funny and we would begin to laugh. I am talking the kind of laugh that was deep, rich, warm, and soulful. The best part of this laugh was that we didn't need to speak — it was a connection beyond words.

Several months after her stroke, I was visiting her at my mom’s house when a moment came up. One of those moments we would have been eager to share. I looked for her gaze and she looked back at me with a blank stare. That’s when I knew that a part of her was gone. The one part that was the most intimate and personal in our relationship had truly disappeared. Her memory of us!

While she didn't have Alzheimer’s it was at that moment I understood the devastating effect loss of memory and memories has and vowed to do something about it.

 

Like dance! Puerto Ricans love to dance. Young or old, everyone dances with each other at parties, a tradition that has carried over to my children.

I want you to dance for ALZ, and make it memorable so people remember that when they give, they are giving to the brain behind saving theirs, The Alzheimer's Association!

I am proud to have joined Oregon's Alzheimers Association Leadership Board 2016-2018. As a member, I intend to bring awareness to the importance of making life memorable until we find a cure. I believe dancing and memory go hand in hand and in endings as colorful as beginnings.