KING 5 is also a proud sponsor of the Walk to End Alzheimer's. Please join us and emcee Tracy Taylor on Saturday, September 10th to help create awareness and momentum toward a world without Alzheimer's. Register here for one of the walks in Seattle, Tacoma, Yakima, Bremerton, Mount Vernon or Everett.
Evonne Benedict is a veteran of the KING 5 Newsroom and currently KING 5 Social Media Manager. You can read her story and see more pictures of Sophie and Evonne by clicking on this link.
Why I Walk by Evonne Benedict
Every 69 seconds someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is a progressive, crippling disease that affects both the mind and the body. And it can last for years.
My mother, Sophie, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 1997.
This is a woman who served in the U.S. Army during World War II, then went to the University of Washington on the G.I. Bill to become a social worker. She met my dad on a “fix-up” date through friends.
She spent her entire career working with kids – at Child Protective Services (CPS) mainly, but also with Juvenile Court and Head Start.
For the last 10 years, it has been necessary for Mom to live in an assisted living facility. Her condition has progressed to the point where she needs help with almost everything -- she cannot walk on her own, she cannot eat on her own, she cannot care for herself in anyway on her own. She needs round-the-clock care.
Millions of families struggle to take care of their loved ones with Alzheimer’s at home (over 70% of those with dementia still live at home). Eventually it becomes a 24/7 job.
Alzheimer’s (and related dementias) doesn’t just affect the person with the disease, it has a huge impact on their families and loved ones.
As baby boomers age, more and more Americans will develop the disease. At this point there is no cure and no real way to slow the progression of the disease. According to the 2011 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, the annual cost of the disease in the U.S. is $183 billion dollars.
We can fight back, by raising money to help the Alzheimer’s Association fund research and provide support services to families affected by Alzheimer’s.
It’s time to get on the MOVE to end Alzheimer’s at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
This year the Walk is in six locations in Western and Central Washington State – Seattle, Tacoma, Yakima, Bremerton, Mount Vernon and Everett. It’s easy to sign up and easy to fundraise.
The KING 5 Home Team hopes to see you there!
Evonne Benedict is the Social Media Manager for KING-TV and has been participating in Walk
for 11 years, the first 6 her mom Sophie walked as well; six years ago she rallied her colleagues
at KING-TV to join her as a team. Not only is Evonne an incredibly passionate Alzheimer’s champion, she’s also a great Walk Team Captain. You can follow her on Twitter @evonnebenedict or keep up with the latest news away from your TV on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/KING5News