Why I Walk - Arnold
Eight year old Wyatt Arnold wants to share a message that we can all agree with, “Alzheimer’s sucks!”Three years ago he began walking with his mother Melissa. An eight year walk veteran, Melissa has been a staple at our Hanover and Kincardine walks. Last year, Wyatt began to realize what their fundraising efforts really meant. He was understandably proud of their $735 fundraising accomplishment, but knew they could do better. Wyatt told his mom “we’re going to raise $1,000 next year!”
The Arnold’s are already over halfway to their goal! They’ve been using social media to great success, but have also brought pledge forms to work, school, and daycare.
Like so many of us The Arnold’s know all about Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias. Melissa spent fifteen years caring for the elderly. Throughout that time she met many exceptional people. Melissa holds them in a special regard, saying, “My heart was touched by those who lived with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia on a daily basis.”
Even 8 year old Wyatt has first-hand experience with Alzheimer’s disease. First he lost his paternal great grandfather and now is watching his Opa Haas fight a battle with dementia.
On May 7th, Melissa and Wyatt Arnold will be taking part in the Walk for Alzheimer’s. They’ll be doing so in honour of their family. The Arnold’s ask that you consider making a donation or registering as a walker, “so that the Alzheimer's society in our area can continue to assist those with Alzheimer's disease and provide much needed support for the caretakers and the family members of those living with Alzheimer's or other dementias.”
Additional event information can be found here.
The Alzheimer Society of Grey-Bruce would like to thank The Arnold’s and all of our walkers for the tremendous work they do in supporting our organization.