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Paula Selland

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all those facing Alzheimer's

Ms. Paula Selland
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$11,981 Raised
$12,000.00

 

My Team

Team Joy

Celebrating my mom and dad's 60th wedding anniversary, August 5th, 2016.
Celebrating my mom and dad's 60th wedding anniversary, August 5th, 2016.

My Story

 I am participating in The Longest Day fundraiser in memory of my mom, Marilyn Joy Selland, and in honor of those affected by Alzheimer's Disease.  My mom died in February 2017 from late stage Alzheimer's disease.  


I formed Team Joy and started participating in The Longest Day fundraiser in May 2016, with hopes of raising awareness, sharing personal experiences,

and raising funds for research to put an end to this disease.

   

Please join me on June 21st, 2018. Let's honor my mom and so many 

others affected by Alzheimer's disease.  

*Share the message by wearing purple.

*Lend a hand to those affected by this disease.

*Make a donation to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.


Below is a copy of the memorial I read at my mom's funeral.


“To care for those who once cared for us is one of the HIGHEST HONORS”

This has been a long journey for my mom and our family. Her

symptoms started as occasional memory loss and repetitive

conversation. As they progressed, how she once cared for us, we

were doing for her. 10 years. My dad took care of her for 9 of those

years. We wouldn’t have made it this far without his commitment in

taking care of her. Brian, myself and the rest of our family helped as

much as we could. It was hard emotionally and hard work, but I was

raised well…both my mom and dad instilled in me the value of

working hard. It was worth it, we were able to care for my mom at

home until June 2016 and then moved her to a memory care home. It

was an honor for me and my family to care for my mom.

While taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s disease, it is easy to feel

angry, sad, and hopeless…we’ve learned along the way that small things

and simple moments bring joy.

"Joy isn't an emotion, it is an attitude." "You can choose to be joyful

regardless of your circumstances." We found joy in listening to music, a

picnic in the park as Brian shared, remembering through photos and stories,

and simply holding hands…the little things.

Last spring, May of 2016, I started my own journey to continue learning,

educating others and fighting for those with Alzheimer’s disease, the family

members that care for them, and eventually finding a cure. And while my

efforts in educating others and fundraising will not help my mom, it is my

mission to honor and remember her by helping others.

I’ve shared a bit about our journey with Alzheimer’s disease. I would like to

end with sharing the mom I knew before Alzheimer’s…She was a beautiful,

strong, faithful, woman with incredible intelligence who was always so well

put together. She was talented, creative, and a great seamstress even

making clothes for herself and me. We often had matching outfits. She was

a baker and excellent cook. She was loving and kind and I remember her

tucking me in every night. She was adventurous, I'll never forget the time

we got lost in Mpls. Thinking of this always brings a smile. She loved,

encouraged and supported me. She loved my babies. She was just lovely!

This was my mom. My nieces sang the song “For Good” at my mom's 75th

birthday, the lyrics are perfect…”because I knew you, I have been changed

for good”. Mom, I will miss and love you forever.



Celebrating my mom and dad's 60th wedding anniversary, August 5th, 2016.
Celebrating my mom and dad's 60th wedding anniversary, August 5th, 2016.
Help Paula raise $12,000.00

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Thank You Donors!
Andrew Hendrickson
$100
Anonymous
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$126
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Brenda
Calre Lindsay
$150
Corry Mielke
$50
Debra S Kinz
$100
Eats & Sweets
$200
Facebook Fundraiser
$100
Facebook Fundraiser
$100
Facebook Fundraiser
$50
Facebook Fundraiser
$50
Fred & Sheri Lien
$100
Gina Bancroft
$50
Harleys Arrowhead
$100
in appreciation of paulas hard work!
$250
In loving memory of my mom, Marilyn...Paula & Mark
$500
In Memory of Grammy
$50
Jack and Carla Grube
Jackie Velk
$50
James
$100
Jane Porter
Jeane & John Kouri
Jim & Jo Judd
$500
Jim Clute
$50
Jodi Ealy
$50
John & Spike Chapman
$50
kathy bashor
Katie O'Connell
$50
Kim Loiselle
$100
Kimberly Corley
$100
Kris Lausch Family
$100
Kristi & Andrew
$300
Lynn Hedahl
$100
Lynne Troup
$100
Margot Loiselle
$200
Mark & Kathy
MaryAnn Loiselle
$100
Michele and Bill Obermeier
$100
Patti Pringle
$500
Peggy Faucette
Randi Westmeyer
Richard Cashdollar
The Galdieri Family
$50
The Grinch Family
$125
Timbalier Dry Goods
$100
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