Midland Family Makes Major Steps For Alzheimer's Action Day 9/21/12
CBS 7 News Reporter
September 21, 2012
MIDLAND, TX - Today is national Alzheimer's Action Day and one midland family is taking major steps to find a cure against this disease.
As the Edwards family continues to fight for a cure for Alzheimer’s, they are holding on to the memory of their matriarch; whose own memory is slipping away each day.
Today her daughter, Cindy Wilson, looked through the albums of her family history. Cindy remembers these photos of years past. But these family moments are only a blank page in the memory of her78-year-old mother Dorothy.
"The hardest part is not having the mom that I had. But I miss my mom tremendously and it's very hard not to be able to call her and talk to her,” said her daughter Cindy Wilson.
Her mother, Dorothy Edwards, has Alzheimer’s disease for the past 7 years. Dorothy depends on her caregiver to be her eyes and ears.
"Sometimes she says I want to go home. She doesn't remember this is her home. So I figure out that probably she's looking for a way to go home.... and she's just walking and walking," stated her caregiver, Jessica Martinez.
They say Dorothy walks to remember. But tomorrow her family will be walking for a different cause, to raise money and awareness of Alzheimer’s disease.
Last year they were the largest fundraisers in Midland and Odessa, earning more than $11,000. This year they plan to do more.
"If we could find a cure for this. It would eliminate anybody having to go through this, ever, ever again," said Wilson.
Through the Alzheimer’s walk, Cindy says she'll be making new memories of the mother she now has.
For ways you can donate to the family’s group, “The Good Ones”, contact (432) - 510-9191.