My involvement started in 2005, when I began working in assisted living. Partnering with the Alzheimer's Association was a logical step in providing education and services to the population I worked with. I joined the WALK to End Alzheimer's committee in 2006, and have seen the efforts and impact grow tremendously throughout the past 10 years. It became personal when my grandmother was showing signs of dementia at her 90th birthday celebration. Even though I worked with families in similar situations on a daily basis, being on the other side of the desk was a completely different experience. We started with home care, honoring her wishes to stay home. We made a move to assisted living two weeks after the birth of my son, which proved to be a good distraction for Gram during that process. She passed away in November of 2016, and I will continue to WALK in her memory and with the hope that with advances in research my son will never have to WALK for me.