Wilbur's Country Cookout
Wilbur's Country Cookout
In order for my family and I to portray our passion for this special day you first need a glimpse at the man who created this fiery passion and joy within us. Our Dad, Wilbur Postell!
Southern drawl, closet full of western pearl snap button downs, and a true love for his "critters" at the family farm. Hometown butcher and owner of Postell's Country Meats. Prefers the term "winder", instead of window. "Y'all", instead of you. Adamant on eating supper at the table, as a family, every night. His intentions, full of purpose. His heart, strong with a belief in the old fashioned system. A laugh, that could teach an opera singer a thing or two. Our hometown of Clewiston, Florida did not come to his meat market just for the product. They came for his humor and personality because you do not meet someone like Wilbur Postell and forget them.
Our Dad was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia in 2012, but is not defined by his diagnosis. Rather, defined as a husband, father, granddaddy, brother, son, veteran and friend. It is dear to my heart that I never mistake the person he is from the condition that tried to take that away. After he was diagnosed our family never grasped the importance of understanding the disease. Early detectable signs, support groups, first time caregiving tips, therapy, hospice, and preparation for yourself and your loved one during and after transition.
Uneducated and unaware, I never reached the stage of accepting the prognosis until after he was given his ultimate healing on June 7, 2016.
Today, an estimated 47 million people across the world are living with Dementia. This number is set to skyrocket to 75 million by 2030. In the United States alone, more than 15 million caregivers generously dedicate themselves to those with Alzheimer's and Dementia. Being of service is such an important aspect to living a truly fulfilled life, caregiving is a gift. A change is needed of how my generation perceives and accepts the condition.
We are so thrilled to be hosting a benefit event this summer "Wilbur's Country Cookout" on June 17, 2017 in our hometown of Clewiston, Florida. All proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer's Awareness Organization and be recognized on the Associations "Longest Day" held on June 21, 2017. We are reaching for the stars in hopes his story touches other lives and families across the country. Every morning I wake with new ideas for this special day. It's bright, colorful, full of plaid, and denim. It's country perfect. The devil tried for years to defeat him with daily reminders of what his life was no longer. But our God of restoration revealed what his new life through Him had to offer. My Dad found Jesus through his darkest days and now lights up every single one of ours. That is a story so deserving to be spread!
To help us make this event a success straight from the heart here is how you can help! If you are local, please support the event by attending. It will be held at the Elks Lodge in Clewiston from 11-2 pm on June 17th. Additional information on the event itself and how you may buy a ticket is offered on a flyer posted on my Facebook page. If you are not local or unable to attend the day of, you can make a special donation through this page. Sharing this link via email and social media to your friends and family will help spread the word pushing us closer to our goal.
Spreading his story is my passion. If you are interested in becoming more educated on Alzheimers visit www.alz.org. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, we cherish you for loving him as much as we do and for opening your hearts to making a difference!
Crystal, Mark, Andy and Ann Postell
The Postell Family