JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – June is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and a local sorority is helping get the word out.
Alpha Kappa Alpha’s Yazoo City chapter held their first Color Run for Alzheimer’s.
Tamika Curtis, the President of the Omega Beta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
“It’s very challenging to see your loved one, you know, just having to go through that. Things that we just take for granted you know being able to do our day to day tasks that he’s no longer able to do.”
At 59 years old, Lashara Reed’s father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
For the past three months, his memory and ability to complete daily tasks have started to disintegrate, leaving her as his sole caretaker.
“As a daughter, it’s very, very heartbreaking to see your family member go through that; and then I think because my dad is what I still consider young, 59, it’s very difficult to sit back,” said Reed.
Reed says it would be impossible to take this on alone.
“It’s going to take a village. You can’t just do it by yourself. So that’s why these ladies, of Omega Beta Omega, we’re out here because we are all a part of this village,” said Reed.
“Just to watch and just to hear stories of what our actual sorors are going through, to help loved ones.”
That’s why this group of ladies is raising money and awareness in hopes of ending this stifling illness.
“People are living with this disease and sometimes people don’t know how it is; to one day you know your relatives and then the next day you don’t,” said Tamika Curtis, the President of the Omega Beta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
But for Reed, it’s her dad that gets her through the day.
“Just his smile. The smile that’s there, every day, and that helps me. That really keeps me going,” said Reed.
After the run, the group went out to the 44th Annual Bentonia Blues Festival.
There they continued to raise awareness and hand out information about Alzheimer’s.