Monday, September 28, 2009

SPOTLIGHT: Trisha White

Each week we will be picking three (3) members to spotlight to tell their alzheimer's story and why they are running in this year's New York City marathon. Check in each day or week for new updates on who will be spotlighted and get to know your teammates...(each person is picked at random)

SPOTLIGHT: Trisha White

Uncle Mike was the clown, prankster and jokester in our family. He was a fun-loving son, brother, uncle, husband, father and grandfather. Uncle Mike was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at the young age of 49 and the disease quickly took his life and he passed away at the age of 54. Uncle Mike is no longer a prisoner in his own body and he is free to stretch his wings.

Today we saw an eagle, What a vision it was to see

On this day of mourning, Such a light that came from thee

Today we saw an eagle, It circled high above us all

A sign to know he's happy, His pain is gone this fall

Today we saw an eagle, His way to say good-bye

He soared up into the clouds, Up to Heaven he will fly.

-Bethany Greene, In Memory of "Uncle Mike" Labbe 1951-2005

I volunteer with the Alzheimer's association and I am assisting Team Run 2 Remember in training for the marathon. I volunteer my time to the team because time is something that Alzheimer's stole from my Uncle and the one thing that my second cousins won't have with their grandfather.

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