Friday, April 11, 2008

Memories Remembered and Forgotten

One more post, almost on the Kansas Jayhawks. My last post was about the Jayhawk Men's basketball team winning the NCAA Championship this year, but also about my memories of the 1988 championship.

Tom Keegan, the Lawrence Journal-World Sports Editor, wrote a great article about memories -- and Alzheimer's. There's a benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association (Heart of America Chapter) this weekend in Lawrence.

"If the family curse hits me before that cure is found, the day will come when I forget the highlights I witnessed from press row these past couple of weekends


"For many who attend or attended KU, those memories will endure for as long as their minds stay clear.

"My favorite memory was born when I was a senior in high school. I watched from the den of our Rochester, N.Y., home as Marquette defeated North Carolina in the 1977 title game, sitting alongside my father, who took calls from two of my brothers, then Marquette students, after the game. With fingers crossed, I hope I remember that until the day I die. Seven-plus years after that night, the effects of Alzheimer’s began stealing my father’s mind. Thirteen long years after that, he moved onto his eternal reward."

Tom Keegan, Lawrence Journal-World Sports Editor
My father-in-law has Alzheimer's. It's rough. I'll leave it at that for now and let Tom's words speak for themselves.

It's rough.

Thanks for your post, Tom. And, to those who donate, thank you too.