In fifty six days I will be in Palermo, beginning my 115 miles hike across Sicily with my Temple Project teammates. We are all training…..working out, hiking, running, going to the gym, eating healthy and mentally preparing. We are buying new gear – hiking shoes, poles, lightweight clothes, hats….we are slowly checking off the items on our ‘lists’ of what to buy and how to best be prepared.
There is one list, however, that is growing larger by the day, and it is THIS list that is the very reason for my participation in the Temple Project and the Pilgrimage to Enlightenment Documentary…and that is the list of names that I will be reading when we reach our final destination in Agrigento.
Each day, I am contacted by many asking me to add the name of a loved one who has died from Alzheimer’s….or to add the name of a someone who is living with Alzheimer’s…or to add the name of a caregiver of someone with Alzheimer’s…or to add the name of someone struggling with Parkinson’s. The list is growing……and for all of us on this journey, it is our hope that someday, there are no more lists of names of those lost to Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s.
But, today, the list is long, and today, I will honor and remember each and every person whose name was given to me to recognize in Agrigento. If you would like to have your loved one be a part of our journey, and to have their name recognized, please visit http://bit.ly/karenshike and tell me who you would like remembered….we can, and we will, find cures – and in the meantime, we will continue to raise our voices…so that someday, we will outshine the darkness of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.