#the12s join the fight against Alzheimer’s – photo essay

Photos by Rachel Turner

J.R. Sweezy and his wife Gissell brought the spirit of the 12s to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s this year. With a faceoff against the Seattle Broncos Fans Walk Team, football fans across the country came together in Seattle to #ENDALZ.

Read more about J.R.’s fight against Alzheimer’s here.  View more photos here.

#the12s team walk in honor of J.R. Sweezy's grandfather, Gene Wilhelm who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's nine years ago.

#the12s team walk in honor of J.R. Sweezy’s grandfather, Gene Wilhelm who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s nine years ago.

Gissell Sweezy's team wrote on flowers in honor of J.R. Sweezy's grandfather, Gene Wilhelm.

Gissell Sweezy’s team wrote on flowers in honor of J.R. Sweezy’s grandfather, Gene Wilhelm.

Matti Gresham, Gissell Sweezy, Jaylene Jeanpierre and Brook Bray pose at the Seattle Walk to End Alzheimer's.

Matti Gresham, Gissell Sweezy, Jaylene Jeanpierre and Brook Bray walked with #the12s team at the Seattle Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Broncos fans attended the Seattle Walk to End Alzheimer's in honor of Pat Bowlen.

Broncos fans attended the Seattle Walk to End Alzheimer’s in honor of Pat Bowlen.

Cheer Seattle, a non-profit cheer leading squad kept the spirit up at the Seattle Walk to End Alzheimer's.

Cheer Seattle, a non-profit cheerleading squad kept the spirit up at the Seattle Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Participants hold flowers during the ceremony at the Seattle Walk to End Alzheimer's.

Participants hold flowers during the ceremony at the Seattle Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Families from across the United States met at the Seattle Walk to end Alzheimer's in honor of loved ones.

Families from across the United States met at the Seattle Walk to end Alzheimer’s in honor of loved ones.

Gissell Sweezy walks with J.R. Sweezy's mother, Susie, and grandmother, Janet, at the Seattle Walk to End Alzheimer's.

Gissell Sweezy walks with J.R. Sweezy’s mother, Susie, and grandmother, Janet, at the Seattle Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Broncos fans walked in Seattle to honor and support Pat Bowlen.

Broncos fans walked in Seattle to honor and support Pat Bowlen.

Lori's 12th Man Team walked the J.R. Sweezy's #the12s team at the Seattle Walk to End Alzheimer's.

Lori’s 12th Man Team walked the J.R. Sweezy’s #the12s team at the Seattle Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Musicians played instruments from Zimbabwe at the Seattle Walk to End Alzheimer's.

Musicians played instruments from Zimbabwe at the Seattle Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Children play at the fountain on Seattle University's campus during the Walk to End Alzheimer's.

Children play at the fountain on Seattle University’s campus during the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Supporters from across the country met at the Seattle Walk to End Alzheimer's.

Supporters from across the country met at the Seattle Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Children hold flowers in honor of loved ones at the Seattle Walk to End Alzheimer's.

Children hold flowers in honor of loved ones at the Seattle Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Matti Gresham, wife of Seahawks' Clint Gresham, smiles at the Seattle Walk to End Alzheimer's.

Matti Gresham, wife of Seahawks’ Clint Gresham, smiles at the Seattle Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Click here to support or sign up for a Walk to End Alzheimer’s near you.

For more information contact Rachel Turner at rturner@alz.org.

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