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Mistah Wilson (or Michael Taylor), publisher of ThaWilsonBlock Magazine, is leading the "Achiever Believers" team in this year's Walk to End Alzheimer's in Pasadena, California. It all started in September/October of 2011 when Michael received the tragic news of his mother Bernice Taylor passing away to Alzheimer's disease. "To this day, it remains the biggest tragedy of my life," says Michael. And this is coming from a guy who spent the best part of his years in foster care, taking psych meds, and being institutionalized.
Bernice Taylor was Michael's long-term foster parent from weeks old to about the age of 8. He was taken out of her care as a child when his behavioral issues began to spiral out of control. Since
being taken away from Ms. Taylor in 1998, Michael has been to countless different group homes, foster homes, and even juvenile detention facilities. After aging out and emancipating from the foster care system, Michael has been on a mission to make a difference ever since. And after hearing that Ms. Taylor passed away to Alzheimer's, Michael has pledged to join the fight against this horrible disease...but not just for her sake...
When Michael researched about Alzheimer's disease, he learned that it actually effects us more than we may think. With all the natural threats known to man, Michael found it quite alarming that Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States of America. And that every 66 seconds, someone is developing symptoms of this disease. The future outlook on care providers for Alzheimer's patients are gradually diminishing by the year and we MUST do something about it!
Michael participated in his first 'Walk to End Alzheimer's' in Century City (2014). "It was a real emotional thing for me," explains Michael. "Because I went by myself, I wanted to take
some pictures with people. But, I found myself warring tears as I shared my story with others so that they might take a photo with me." It was an event that gave Michael a sense of purpose. For the next two years, Michael was attempt to raise money for the walk but would ultimately fall short. This year, Michael is keeping his dream alive! And he has set out to honor his mother Bernice Taylor by raising a minimum of $1,000 and joining the Grand Champion's club. His vision is to perform on stage at one of the walks some day.
In 2014, Michael also successfully ran the Los Angeles Marathon and raised $1,000+ for transitional age foster youth like himself. So, there is no questions that he has what it takes. However, Michael knows he cannot do it alone. He needs your help! Here is what you can do to help make a difference:
- Buy a digital copy of ThaWilsonBlock Magazine *(50% per sale is proudly donated towards the walk)
- Join our "Achiever Believers" team!
- Make a Generous Donation
- Spread the Word!
For more information about our walk...Route Length: TBD