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He might be remembered as being one of the best wide receivers of the 2000's or as the star of Vh1's "The TO Show" but what NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens wants to be remembered as, is an advocate for Alzheimer's awareness.
Owens's grandmother, Alice, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 1996 and since then Owens has been a vocal supporter of awareness. One in eight people aged 65 and older (13%) have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to rise in the future. Terrell Owens talks about his cause with T.J. Holmes and Kiran Chetry.
My mother was young when she starting getting Alzheimers, and Terrell Owens is so right it is so difficult for the families. This is such a terrible disease. Caregivers need to be educated on how to take care of people with Alzheimers. Caring for my mother, I tried to learn everything I could. But dealing with the disease was so devastating for me. It was a 24/7 job and working full-time seemed liked my life was falling apart. I am thankful that more people are becoming aware of this devastating disease. Being through this helped me to understand and I try to help others that have family members dealing with Alzheimers.
I'm from a small town close to where T.O is from. I know alot of his family members and I have always thought he was a good guy. Where we are from grandparents play a very important role in our lives and when i lost my grandmother it was hard on me. It's ovious TO is a good guy and I pray that he have continued success.