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laughing
through
the tears
Written by LaurelLaurel Palladino
Walk to End Alzhiemers
Lots of emotions Saturday at the Tulsa area Walk to End Alzheimer's.

Thank you Tulsa! Hundreds of you participated and almost $700,000 was raised last Saturday!!

It was an honor to participate in the 2023 Walk to end Alzheimer’s. My husband and I stood in awe as the crowd raised multi-colored flowers representing those who had passed, those who were currently suffering from Alzheimer’s and those who support and/or take care of someone suffering from this disease.

We stood together for a cure. We stood together to honor and to remember. We stood hopeful that a cure is coming. We know that the first survivor of Alzheimer’s is out there.  I live with the hope that my children and my grandchildren will not know this disease the way I do, they will not have to watch as my memories or my ability to care for myself slowly disappears.

During the ceremony a lady took the stage, I’ve never met her but she is one of the bravest people I have ever encountered. She spoke of her journey into this disease, early onset is what they call it. She broke down as she told her story but all I saw was a mother, a sister, a friend, I saw her courage.  I whispered to my husband, “she’s my age” and I started to cry.

Next year I will volunteer, I will walk again and I will remember my dad and honor him.

So, here’s my story…

I am Laurel, an author and advocate for those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. Through my book, “Laughing Through The Tears,” I hope to shed light on the journey of those affected by this condition and offer a unique perspective that combines laughter and resilience.

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