Karlie Angelis is a soon-to-be junior at Manchester Essex Regional High School and the leader of Team for Teri. Karlie was in elementary school when her mother, Teri Angelis, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Karlie and Team for Teri have decided to participate in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, Team for Teri will be walking in the Greater Boston Walk this September.
Karlie wanted to share her story to help spread awareness for Alzheimer’s, as well as her efforts to raise funds to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association and its ongoing work to end this terrible disease.
First off, how is your mom doing?
Right now my mom lives in Arizona with her mom (my grandmother). I talk to her on the phone every now and then; however, it is pretty difficult to understand what she is saying or even keep her on the phone for a couple minutes. But, despite this, she sounds happy and perky whenever my dad or I talk to her. She always has had an upbeat personality; even now.
When was your mother diagnosed with Alzheimer’s?
My mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's when I was about eight or nine. I didn't understand the severity, or the concept of what it was until I was about 10 when things got worse. I stayed strong, however, and I remember my family members being surprised at my maturity throughout the first few years. Since my mom moved to Arizona, things have been easier. Caring for someone with Alzheimer's is not an easy task. We had had a couple caretakers, but even with their help it was difficult. My grandmother does an amazing job at caring for her daughter, and personally I am very impressed by how well she is doing.
What made you choose this particular Alzheimer’s fundraising initiative?
I had heard about it through my mom's caretaker named Deana, and my family and I decided it would be fun to do it. I participated in this walk two years ago and had a really great time doing so. I did no fundraising then, so this year I am putting in the effort to raise money. It is a fantastic organization!
Who else is on Team for Teri?
Currently, my dad and about five or six of my friends are on the team. My friends are great support and are all eager to do the walk with me and my dad.
If you want to help Karlie raise money for Team for Teri, please join us at Hale Street on Tuesday, July 21st between 5:00 and 9:00 PM. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to Team for Teri; there will also be a 50/50 raffle and auction.