I don't consider myself a champion, but I am passionate about spreading awareness for Alzheimer's disease and the Alzheimer's Association. My husband was diagnosed with Younger Onset Alzheimer's at the age of 52 in 2005 and he passed away in 2010. We quickly began to experience the twists and turns of this disease and found ourselves unprepared. Because he was so young, services didn't seem easy to come by. No one told us about the Alzheimer's Association. We found out about it on our own and jumped in to getting involved by attending workshops, conferences, calling to speak with staff and learning about services. The support we received helped us more than we can ever express. I am passionate about letting others know that they are not alone. There is help. There is support. My family has been involved with the association ever since. There is strength in unity and knowledge. If I can be a support or offer a suggestion to even one person who can than have a little better grasp, I've done what I was supposed to do. My family believes and stands by the thought that my husband Nate and our family did not go through this in vain. We are helping to keep his legacy alive by honoring him and helping others through the various paths of this disease. Being involved in Walk, volunteering, helping out where ever I can has been a joy and has been healing. You might not always have a choice about what fight you face, but you have a choice in how you take it and this fight, we did not and will not take lying down! Learning to take a stand against the disease and not the one afflicted by the disease was key. There might have been a few times the opponent/Alzheimer's thought it had the upper hand, but knowledge, support and of course love are power! I had to learn how to fight the fight by putting on my armor; learning how to communicate with my husband in the midst of the disease, learning how to care for him physically throughout the disease, taking care of myself, accepting help, learning to understand the path of the disease. Because I lived it, it is vital that I share it. We are in this together and I will continue to stand with other's in this fight!