(AllHipHop News) Although Tiny and T.I are known for their Grammys, charting topping hits and television shows, they have much more in common, as both of their fathers are Alzheimer’s victims.
With Tameka’s father currently battling the disease and T.I.’s late father succumbing to it’s effects, the Harris’ are hosting an honoree luncheon that will take place on Sunday, October 3rd in Atlanta, to celebrate the pre-launch for the foundation’s website and upcoming benefit concert.
“For the Love of Our Fathers Foundation” was founded in light of the fact that African-Americans are twice as likely to get Alzheimer’s, but much less likely to be diagnosed.
It is the Harris’ mission to raise awareness and services for victims and their loved ones to help them fight the disease with dignity, hope and consciousness.
“The name comes from the fact that my father Charles Pope suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and Clifford’s father, Clifford Harris, Sr., died from it,” Tameka said in a statement to AllHipHop.com.
The world saw Tameka’s first-hand struggle with the disease if they tuned in to BET’s top-rated show “Tiny and Toya.”
During the reality show, fans witnessed her interaction with her father Charles Pope, a longtime founding member of the hit R&B group “The Tams.”
Her mother, Diane Pope, holds an officer’s position with the foundation and she will speak at the luncheon, as her husband continues his fight against Alzheimer’s.
“Having to deal with a loved one who suffers from this disease made it hard for me and my family, so we formed this foundation to help others that are in the same situation… Support is what’s needed to make this world a better place,” added Mrs. Pope.
Special celebrity friends, business associates, community leaders and family will attend and support. Guests are asked to give a Special Donation of $100.
Community Alzheimer’s Advocate Tena S. Walker and Sister 2 Sister Magazine Editor Jamie Foster Brown both serve as speakers for the afternoon.
Dr. Patrick A. Griffith, Division of Neurology Chief at Morehouse School of Medicine will be honored along with Walker. Attendees will be treated to special live performances including those from members of Xscape, The OMG Girlz and QT Jazz.
“Our foundation is based on the belief that everyone’s needs are of the utmost importance,” Tameka stated.
In addition to the upcoming website, luncheon and concert; services and future projects include http://www.fortheloveofourfathers.com being a source of credible information. Donations will be accepted on the site to further promote outreach goals.
Please visit http://www.fortheloveofourfathers.org for more information.