It's a special series we're heading in to part two of this week. The Walk to End Alzheimer's is coming up at Heritage Landing on September 21st and with Andy O'Riley being asked to be the spokesmen for the organization in Muskegon this year, we thought it best to take Andy's skills and put them to use by sharing a story with you from a front line perspective. How can you make such a complicated disease which effects everyone differently understandable and help motivate people who may otherwise not know much about Alzheimer's Disease until it creeps into their life?
Well, you find someone who's been a miracle worker living with the disease. Pretty simple.
Kelly DeVos is a Co Chair of the Walk to End Alzheimer's this year in Muskegon, but when she and Andy met, she simply got a hold of him to see if he would emcee the walk in 2018. As their friendship grew, and the request was made for Andy to take a little bigger role, it was pretty clear to Andy that there was a HUGE story to tell inside her, and it was on him to get her to tell it.
While Kelly was dealing with her dad with Alzheimer's, she was also a single mom, a career woman and giving up her time to help others. As she puts it and has tried to teach her kids, "We might not always have money to give, but we have time...and we all need to give something back."
In part two, Kelly is going to talk about what triggered Alzheimer's in her father and the early signs of symptoms. We'll let you know in advance, there are moments of laughter, some of fear, some of hope and some of utter frustration. This is a very open, honest and intimate conversation about a disease that sooner or later, we will all be touched by in one way or another. Take a listen to Part 2 of Tuesday's With Kelly on The Muskegon Channel.
Part three is coming up next week. Kelly's dad has gotten to the point where he can't live on his own anymore and as you've seen with Kelly's story so far, family is first. We'll hear about her life at home with her dad and Alzheimer's Disease in a week. If you'd like to know more about the Muskegon Walk to End Alzheimer's or sign yourself or a team up, visit https://www.alz.org/mglc