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2018 Dancing Stars of Coastal Georgia

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Hi everyone! Thank you for considering a contribution to my fundraising efforts for Dancing Stars of Coastal Georgia to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

I am originally from Savannah and moved to Barnesville, GA in middle school. After high school and one year at Gordon College, I felt the coastal life calling me and I moved back to Savannah to attend Armstrong State University where I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance and met my husband, David. After graduation, I began working for Hancock Askew & Co. During 5 years with the Firm, I have moved from Front Desk Receptionist to Assistant to the Firm Administrator and, most recently, to Human Resources Coordinator. I am blessed to work for an organization and with a group of people that truly believe in the Firms stated mission "You First"! Some of my hobbies are acting, dancing, philanthropy work, advising my sorority, the Epsilon Gamma Chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau, and spending time with my friends, family, 3 dogs (Stella, Ava and Rimmy) and my cat Binx.

Now that you know a little about me. Let me tell you why I am participating in this amazing event.

If you ask anyone who knew her, my grandmother "Nanna", Helen Tabor, was the kindest and warmest person they had ever met. She was always the first one bringing a dish when you were sick, throwing a party to celebrate a friend or family members new chapter in life and she gave the best hugs that would send waves of love through your whole body. She was incredibly talented and made most of my clothes when I was a little girl. Not just your typical little outfits and dresses, but these elaborate pieces that would take her no time to create. I can still see her sitting at her table in the living room, making drapes for my Mom or sewing a cheerleading outfit for me to dress up in. She was the very definition of perfection. I was 17 when we started to notice something wasn’t right. She became irritable, which was completely out of character for her and as years progressed she slowly began to forget. Forget where small items were that she just had, forget where she was and eventually forget how to talk and how to eat and swallow. Even though she couldn’t talk, I still felt like she knew who some of us were. I think we can all agree that when you make plans and those plans don’t work out, it’s a pretty big letdown. All of our plans for future trips, college graduation and my wedding day were completely shattered by Alzheimer’s.

The last time I saw her, I sat on the bed with her and she put her hands on both sides of my face and looked directly in to my eyes. She couldn’t say a word but I knew she was telling me she loved me. On September 3, 2014, after about 10 years of watching the downward decline, I got the call she had passed away. In the past 3 years, I have felt every emotion possible but my memories of her laughter, her smile and her love are slowly taking over and the memories of the disease are fading away.

When I was asked to be a part of Dancing Stars of Coastal Georgia, I jumped at the opportunity. For many years, the Alzheimer’s Association has been an organization that has been very important to me and my family. I am participating in this fundraiser in honor of "Nanna" and for hope. Hope that one day soon we can END ALZ.

Special Thanks to my professional dancer, Tarik El Guezzari and Rebecca Fenwick for their guidance during this process!

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