Hoping for a Cure: Chihuahua's dancing usher takes on new challenge

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - If you've ever been to an El Paso Chihuahuas game, you've likely seen Dow Farley - better known as the dancing usher.

Die-hard fans may have noticed Dow wasn't busting a move up and down Southwest University Park last season, but it's for a good reason. Dow has been spending most of his time with his wife of 17 years, Christine, who has Alzheimer's Disease.

"My everything is right here, there's where I'm going to be," Dow told KTSM.

Christine is not the typical face of Alzheimer's Disease.

She's 53 years old and was forced to retire from teaching when the early signs of the disease set in - a diagnosis that has changed both of their lives.

Christine says she doesn't go out of the house a lot anymore, "I don't want to end up where I'm not supposed to be."

The couple relies on routine and repetition. They do things by list like going to the gym and eating at the same restaurants, on the same days and times.

This year, the couple will take part in the Walk to End Alzheimer's. Dow put together a team and has already raised over $2,500. Money he hopes will some day find a cure.

He hopes Christine will be the first "white flower" - the very first person cured of the disease.

The Walk to End Alzheimer's is Saturday, October 14 at Sunland Park Racetrack. The goal of this year's event is to raise $175,000. So far, the fundraising is more than halfway there. There is no registration fee,  but organizers do encourage donations.

For more information on how you can walk, form a team or donate, CLICK HERE.

 

 


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