“Let your light shine so brightly that others may see their way out of the darkness.”
Originally from Arkansas, I moved to Houston, TX to pursue my career in Cardiology / Electrophysiology. For over ten years I helped to establish and grow a practice through which I was fortunate to meet so many wonderful patients. A very large percentage of these patients were older so it wasn’t uncommon that many also began to show signs of Alzheimer’s. My husband and I moved to Atlanta in 2011 at which time I started seeing patients here and found that the disease knows no geographic boundaries as again many of them were also suffering. This is one of the reasons I believe finding a cure for Alzheimer’s is so important as it effects people from all walks of life no matter one’s background. Current statistics show that one in ten people over 65 has the disease and about one-third of the population over 85 suffers from it.
Although my dancing experience is limited to that of time spent as a cheerleader in high school, I decided to participate to help bring awareness for not just those with the disease but also for the family and friends that are impacted by this devastating condition. It hits close to home as my father-in-law has had it for several years. His dedicated wife has been devoted to taking care of him but found that as the disease progressed she like many care givers, needed professional assistance. She’d like to be able to go back to spending more time being a spouse but has found that the disease has robbed his ability to remember most of their good times of travel, dancing, listening to his favorite jazz and the like. Although he no longer is able to do most of his daily activities alone or remember some family and friends, we all find humor in that he rarely forgets when it’s time for his evening Scotch.
So I’m dancing for my father-in-law Mr. Hank, my patients and all those that wake up each day with a little more of their light going out. I ask for your support to help bring about a cure and to help those caregivers like my mother-in-law Ms. Judy to continue to shine happiness on those they love and care for.
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