by Rachel Turner, Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter
AquaSox Outfielder Braden Bishop started the #4MOM movement in honor of his mother, Suzy Bishop, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s last year. “It was tough, painful as a family and individually,” said Braden. “But my ultimate goal was that maybe one day, based on the work that I can do for the cause, someone won’t have to go through that.”
On August 19, Braden’s teammates will join him to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease at Everett’s Memorial Stadium. “It’s not about me,” said Braden. “It’s not about who knows my name or what I’m doing. It’s about raising awareness, raising funds, so we can find a cure.” The AquaSox and their opponents, the Spokane Indians, will write 4MOM on their athletic tape, shoes, hats and other gear to raise awareness and support for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Braden was playing for the University of Washington Huskies when he and Huskies publicist Brian Tom created the idea 4MOM to honor Suzy Bishop on Mother’s Day 2015. Since then, Braden has continued to write 4MOM on his forearm before every game. He is also encouraging fans to join his Walk to End Alzheimer’s #4MOM team walking on October 3, in Snohomish County.
Suzy Bishop continues to be an active woman. She ran track at UCLA and has had a successful career as a movie producer. “I’m really proud of Braden for initiating this,” Suzy told the Seattle Times. “He pulled all his friends and teammates together. I couldn’t ask for more.”
Braden is excited about more opportunities to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s disease. “Even if we don’t find a cure, we can fight for one,” said Braden.
Get your discounted ticket now or wear purple to Everett Memorial Stadium and say “4MOM” at the box office August 19.