My involvement with the Alzheimer's Association began through my son joining the Walk to End Alzheimer's 4 years ago. My mother had just been diagnosed with this dreaded disease. My involvement started as a simple fundraiser and has developed into our mission. I feel that it is my only way to effect change. I could not sit idly by and watch my mother vanish from in front of my eyes without doing anything. . As with everyone else, we have been robbed of her and she has been stripped from a brilliant, beautiful, vibrant women and reduced to a woman who can't handle the most basic tasks. The scary part is that we aren't even at the worst part of the disease. My involvement is so important because it makes me realize that I am not alone and that with the help of he associations resources and advocacy that together we can help to find a treatment or god willing a cure some day. I am honored to by nominated as a champion. The real champion is my mom Renee who has to live with this awful disease.