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2017 Frederick Memory Ball


Dr. Jon Moles & Teresa Bradbury

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Teresa Bradbury first met her dance partner, Dr. Jon Moles, at the 2014 Alzheimer’s Walk through a mutual friend, Al Clapp.  Al, with his dance partner, Lindsay Goodrich, won the Mirror Ball Trophy in 2015.  Teresa is excited to be dancing with Jon and expects it to be fun and full of laughs. They were planning to dance in last year's Ball; however, Jon broke his ankle in January and was unable to participate.  Teresa broke her ankle in July and they both wondered if they were supposed to try again. But here they are!

Teresa is a retired business owner from Montgomery County, a member of the Worman's Mill Garden Club and the mother of three wonderful sons and mother-in-law to three lovely “daughters”.  She is also the grandmother to four fantastic grandchildren.  Teresa is dancing in memory of her husband, Dr. Robert G. Bradbury. Bob was an interventional and diagnostic radiologist, who spent most of his adult life serving others in the field of medicine.

Teresa and Bob were pioneers in online dating, having met in 2000 and were married in 2002.  He was diagnosed with the horrific disease in 2007 and had been at Heartfields Assisted Living and Alzheimer's Care in Frederick from March, 2014 until his passing on February 12, 2017.  Finding a cure and raising awareness of what victims and their loved ones endure are most important to Teresa.

Jon is a proud Navy man – having joined the Navy while in dental school and served as a USN Dental Officer as well as an orthodontic specialist from 1980 – 2003.  After retiring from the National Naval Medical Center as Chairman of the Orthodontics department, he settled down in Frederick to raise his family and opened up two practices; The Village Orthodontist in Urbana and Gateway Orthodontics in Thurmont.

Jon has been married 38 years to his wife, Deb, and they have 3 children, Rachel, Jon and Reilly – all born overseas.  Their youngest, Reilly, surprised them by being born at 25 weeks while stationed in Japan, and without the expertise of the Japanese with premature births, she would probably not be here today.  Reilly was actually the reason they decided on settling in Maryland, due to the experts at John Hopkins. 

Although Jon knows of Alzheimer’s disease, he had never known anyone afflicted with this disease until he met Al Clapp, whose wife was diagnosed with the disease.  As they became friends through Rotary and their shared passion for hot rods, Al slowly opened up about his experience with caring for Marie, and the many trials and tribulations he has gone through as she progressively gets worse.

It is through Al that Jon and Teresa met.  As Jon learned of Teresa and Bob's story, he knew the best way to honor them all was to dance in both Marie and Bob's honor.   Jon prays they find a cure or a method of early detection, so there will be some hope for the families of those afflicted by this terrible disease.

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