Thank you for visiting my page! I am honored and so excited to be participating in this fun event benefitting the Alzheimer's Association!
I was born and raised in Columbus, where I graduted from Brookstone School, and I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia. GO DAWGS! I have been married to my husband, Pete, also from Columbus, for 16 years, and we have two daughters, Amelia, 12, and Sarah, 8. I am a Realtor with Keller Williams Realty River Cities and have been in the real estate business for 11 years. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling and spending time with friends and family.
My dancing experience includes about 4 years of lessons as a child, and dancing in 3 different Follies for the Junior League of Columbus. And, while I love a good dance party, I am most definitely an amateur at choreographed dancing. I will be leaning heavily on my amazing Pro, JJ Harrison, for guidance and to make me look good!
I said yes to stepping out of my comfort zone and dancing in this event, because someone I love dearly suffered from Dementia. My father, Richard Croom, was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia at the age of 58, and passed away in October. I will be dancing in memory of him. I have seen first hand what a sad and devastating disease Dementia is. It is so much more than memory loss, which is all I naively thought it was before my dad got sick. When he was diagnosed, I actually visited our local Alzheimer's Association office, because I didn't know what to do next. They were very kind and sympathetic, and educated me on some of the resources available for him, and for me as his caretaker. We are so lucky to have a local Alheimer's Associtaion office here in Columbus! Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.
I have committed to raising as much money as possible for the Alzheimer's Association. They work everyday to advance research into prevention, treatments and a cure for Alzheimer's. However, I cannot do it alone, so please partner with me for this important cause. No donation is too small. I also hope that you will attend Dancing Stars of Columbus on May 1st. It is really one of the most fun events that Columbus has, on top of being for such an important cause.
Thank you for joining the movement! The end of Alzheimer's disease starts here.
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