WASHINGTON - Megan Newman, 24, became involved with the Alzheimer's Association after her mother was diagnosed with the disease. A member of the YoungNationALZ ,she works to raise awareness about the heartbreaking struggles of being diagnoses at such a young age.
Megan told us that her mother, Marilyn, was a force to be reckoned with growing up. An intelligent woman, who let her strong opinion be known, Megan says she and her mother became best friends as she grew up until one day - she lost her.
Her mother began forgetting more and more until she was officially diagnosed during her sophomore year of college, she said. In order to be able to finish school, and care for her mom, she moved her in with her at school.
"I did what I felt I needed to do for my mom because she gave up so much for me when I was growing up that I was more than happy to give up what I needed to for her when she needed it," Megan said.
"The woman that I care for now isn't my mom. She isn't the woman I would stay up all night talking to and ask advice. It's heartbreaking because she looks like her. She looks like my mom and like I should be able to tell her everything and she's just not there."
FOX 5 DC CARES is partnering with the Alzheimer's Association as it gets ready for its big fundraising event called, "The Longest Day."
"The Longest Day" is Monday, June 20th – here is how you can get involved: http://act.alz.org/site/TR?fr_id=8480&pg=entry