Fighting Alzheimer's: Elizabeth Watson
This Generous Richmonder organizes fundraisers for the Alzheimer's Association in honor of her mom
When life handed Elizabeth Watson lemons, she turned it into compassion. For seven years, Watson served as her mother’s caregiver during her harrowing battle with Alzheimer’s. During that time, Watson began participating in the Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s – so it seemed only fitting to join the Walk’s planning committee after her mother died in 2010.
She says that she’s grateful to be able to “give back to an organization and its amazing staff members who supported me while I was caring for my mom.” She also values the opportunity to serve as a support system to others facing similar challenges. “Having lost my mom, grandma and aunt to Alzheimer’s, I understand … the challenges in caring for a loved one with the disease.”
And her work with the Alzheimer’s Association’s walks has proved invaluable. With over 600 walks around the country, Richmond’s walk is among the top 30, “and we are working hard to remain there,” says Watson.
Want to help fight Alzheimer’s yourself? Check out the 2018 Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, Nov. 3, at Innsbrook.