October 29th 2006 7:19 am
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Dearest Caster/ Dogster Family and Friends,
Sissy, Jazzi and I once again want to thank you from the bottom of my hearts and on behalf of Village Oaks and the memory loss residents we serve for supporting our efforts in raising money for the Dallas Alzheimers Walk. My mommy's residents and all those with memory loss are a true blessing and inspiration to us. If you would have asked my mommy 17 years ago before her horrible accident what she would been doing today, I know she would have instinctly said, "being a wife and mother..." That's what she has always wanted to do; however, as she and I have learned life does not always give you want you want but leads you where you are needed. Just like bringing mommy and me together. We needed one another and grew in love. Mommy says she never imagined she would be working and doing what she is doing today, but she is happy. It is one of her passions and the other is us fur babies. Although mommy has been through an incredibly difficult and challening life, she is still so blessed... she now has a wonderful husband, incredible family, awesome friends and unconditionally loving pets........and an incredible opportunity to learn and grow with my memory loss victims. My mommy loves educating others and helping those with memory loss live and die with dignity and respect. Mommy always tells me, "They are not senile old people, they have a disease. "
To date, my mommy and me have raised almost $3900.00 and the walk is next Saturday. YIPEEEEEEE! Due to my mommy's recent setback in her health, it does not appear she will be able to walk the entire 3.5 miles, but she is giving up her pride and taking her wheelchair (that is tremendously hard for her). Mommy probably will not let me walk either since I am limping on my bad leg. We will rest up this week and see...if I am not there, my heart will be. My grandparents, daddy, co-workers, and friends will be walking with us and for us. What an incredible experience it will be. Mommy will take pictures...our logo on our shirts read, "Join our Journey with Memory Loss..."
You can still make donations until November 6, 2006. So If you know someone who might want to donate to this worthy cause, please forward the website to them. Remember it is tax deductible and helps find a cure for this disease we will all face in someway someday. We appreciate all your love and support. We are blessed to have each of you in our lives.
On a different note, Mommy wanted to let those of you who know how important her furry babies are to her, our sweet eldery kitty, Jazzi, is not well. We are taking things one day at a time and keeping her comfortable. She has been through so much with mommy and they have an incredibly special bond. She is almost 17 and letting her go will be very difficult on us all...but when that day comes, we will help her go to the rainbow bridge peacefully. Mommy says loving someone enough to let them go is hard, but the greatest gift you can give.
Once again, thank you to each of you for helping us help those who can't help themselves.
Peace to you,
Sissy, Jazzi amd Mommy
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