Walking in Memory of Teresina Bernardo -
In the last five years, myself and the team behind me have walked in honour of my grandmother Teresina Bernardo who had been living with Alzheimer's disease for the past 20+ years. Each year, these walks served as an opportunity to raise awareness and fundraise for a cause that touched so close to home. More importantly, however, these walks served as a small gesture to remember the woman who had been lost to this disease - stripped of her identity, her mobility, and the memories that made each chapter of her life.
For a granddaughter living an ocean's apart from her grandmother, unable to spend each day building new memories for the both of us, these walks in many ways were the closest thing to a memory that I could cherish - one that demonstrated my love and admiration for a woman that truly shaped who I am today. I may not have been able to pick up a phone and tell her about my life or all the work I have and will continue to do in her name, but I always hoped that someday she'd see that all I did and that all I will continue to do is because of how much I love her.
This year, it is with the heaviest of hearts that we had to say goodbye to Nonna Teresina Bernardo on February 10, 2020. While we know she is no longer suffering, and her memories will have been returned to her as she entered the gates of heaven, we cannot help but miss her just the same. She has left a huge void that I know will take a lot of time to heal, but we find hope in walking with others as part of the Walk for Dementia.
This year, this walk brings new meaning to our family as we will continue to remember the incredible woman that shaped our lives and inspired us to keep fighting for those like her suffering with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.
Though Teresina is now gone, her memory will live on forever.
With great love for your continued support,
"We think about you always;
we talk about you still.
You have never been forgotten ...
and you never will.
We hold you close within our hearts,
and there you will remain,
to walk and guide us through our lives,
until we meet again."
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