My Father


Many of you know that my father passed away on December 17th, 2013 after a very short, two month non-battle with stage IV cancer.  He did not want to go to battle.  At 80, he accepted his illness … read more.

Dad Update

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  Greetings friends and family.  I shared last month that my dad has terminal cancer, and then I sort of left you hanging -- so here's a quick update. Dad continues to decline, but he … read more.

I’ve been playing Scrabble

My father Gary Nelson, in one of his favorite places -- in a boat on a lake.

My son and I went on a mini cross-country trip to Colorado last month.  I wanted to tell you all about it, but I couldn't find my words or motivation to write.  So I'll share a tiny bit about our … read more.

An Awesome ALZ Walk 2013

Andy, Mack, Gina, Vince, Joanne, Ginger, Mallory, Janice, Laurie, Gene

The Winchester - Shenandoah Valley Walk to End Alzheimer's raised $34,400.58! There were 41 Teams, and over 300 Walkers! Racing Alzheimer's raised $1,310.00! The day was awesome, the weather was … read more.

Why I Walk to End Alzheimer’s

My grandmother holding my mom in 1937

My grandmother visited me for a week in 1996 when she had moderate dementia.  To ease the burden of having one caregiver, my grandma traveled between her three children's homes and would stay for up … read more.

Finding The Happy on September 11th


My mother was born on September 11th, 1937.  And for most of her life, it was a beautiful day for a birthday. You know how it's easier to remember events that have an emotional attachment to … read more.

So I’ve Been “Running”


When I began Racing Alzheimer's, my intent was to share the latest research on how to be healthy so that you and I could hopefully avoid or delay dementia down the road. I haven't been very good at … read more.

You Are Not Alone


There are more than 15 million dementia caregivers in this country and every single one can benefit from support of some kind.  Meals, errands, respite, support groups, and hugs to name a … read more.

The Vanishing

Young mom on bike

The strangest thing about the death of my mother is the vanishing.  That a person can be on this earth one minute and gone the next, seems like a cruel magic trick that I'm still trying to figure … read more.

An Invitation To Walk, Raise Money, and Help End Alzheimer’s


Racing Alzheimer's has a Team and needs Team Members! Save the date and join me for the 2013 Shenandoah Valley Walk to End Alzheimer's!   Event Details The Alzheimer's Association Walk to … read more.