A memorial gift helps you to remember how exceptional the person was who has passed, their personality, the sound of their voice, the way they looked in their prime, anything which helps you to remain in touch with them in your thoughts. Memorial gifts are sometimes given in lieu of, or in addition to, sending flowers. They also are given to mark a special time of remembrance of the person.
In Memory of Yolanda L. Goodfried
Four years ago, our family was devastated by the loss of our beloved mother, grandmother, and wife from Alzheimer’s disease. Our “munchkin,” as my daughters affectionately called her, was the center of our universe. She was vibrant and full of life; everyone loved her, adults and children alike. She was intelligent, kind, loving, and patient and believed in treating everyone with respect. She was a giver and it was always her pleasure to lend an ear to listen or to whip up your favorite meal.
And so it was no wonder that when she succumbed to this dreaded disease that robbed her of the ability to speak and to perform the everyday tasks we take for granted, we had to do something positive to honor her. In October 2008, we joined together with thousands of others at the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. How comforting it was to know that we were all in this together. Husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, daughters, sons, grandchildren, infants, and our pets all showed support and raised money towards finding a cure.
Since that first walk, it is now our tradition and mission to stand united along with the support of our friends and walk in honor of our munchkin. Our daughters send out their yearly email to family, friends, and business associates, asking them for their assistance in raising money and to join “Team Yola” on our walk. It is our day to rejoice in how many lives she touched. After the walk, our team comes back to our house for lunch and we reminisce.
My eldest daughter Jennifer and her soon-to-be husband Jim will be getting married this fall. In lieu of favors, they are making a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association in her honor.
The Alzheimer’s Association has become very near and dear to our hearts. Their dedicated staff is always accessible to answer your questions and to provide assistance. They are passionate about their cause and we are very thankful for that.
Carol L. Zwain
When you bestow a memorial gift through us, we will send the family of the deceased a notice of your sympathy.
Annual gifts of $1,000 or more designate you as an Alois Society contributor in grateful appreciation of your outstanding commitment.
You may make memorial gifts by calling us at 973.586.4300, or by mailing to the address below:
Alzheimer's Association, Greater New Jersey Chapter