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Hello I’m Sue and I live in Geraldton WA with my husband Pete and Daisy the brown dog. In April 2017, at the age of 52, I plan to start walking from Melbourne home to Geraldton to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation.
My trolley, named “The Ladies’ Auxiliary” and I plan to walk about 4,500 km together over about 6 months. We will walk across our big beautiful country and into Eyre Peninsula where I grew up on a farm at Karkoo. Here, time can be spent in Port Lincoln with my parents and family who know this disease all too well.
I’ll reach Fremantle around Sep/Oct where our three grown up kids - Max, Molly and Harry, might take me for a dip in the ocean and a big cup of good coffee! Then, turning north, I will head for home and contemplate my journey and what part Alzheimer’s plays in my life.
Dementia in all its forms is a cruel thief of our people. It robs memory, confidence, independence and life from people we love and admire. The impact on families is enormous and the change of dynamics in relationships can be very difficult to accept.
So many are being affected by this disease and the numbers are increasing at an alarming rate. Of great concern is that more young people are being diagnosed.
We just have to make headway on finding a cure as well as becoming a community that can care for all concerned, whether it is the person diagnosed or the people who care for them.
I hope to raise at least $25,000 to help fund one of the many research projects that AADRF make happen.
After having thyroid cancer in 2013, I spiralled into a steady routine of health anxiety. Feeling shattered by the amount of time and energy spent on this, I became driven to do something big – to find perspective and to do something to help where it is needed. Life is wonky, I really don’t know if I will be able to do this, but if I don’t start, then the outcome is certain. I just have to put one foot in front of the other. I invite you to follow me on my journey and consider a donation to this worthy cause.
Thank you, Sue.