In high school, I worked most weekends at a small fried chicken restaurant in SE Kansas and my typical shift consisted of those with 40+ years on me. I became so attached to the 'regulars', and as time passed, if I didn't know them outside of work, I imagined a life of happiness and a loving family to support them. However, sometimes it was obvious this was not the case. I became more attached to these individuals, and when they didn't come in for weeks, I worried about them. At one point I even searched an elderly man out- his name was Horrice Hawkins, and I went to visit him at a nearby assisted living facility. The next week, I brought him some carryout from the restaurant. He didn't have much family and his health wasn't the best. And even after waiting on him nearly every Sunday for over a year, I'm not sure he even knew who I was. This has always been where my softest spot has laid, and as I got older and decided on a career path, Alzheimer's Disease was at the forefront of my mind. I studied and began research in neuroscience in college and graduate school, in hopes that someday I could be part of the team that finds promising answers to this devastating disease. I stay at home with three boys now, I don't put effort into research, I'm lucky to keep up with a few local AD websites and read through bits of scientific magazines- However, being part of fundraisers like this, help me still be a small part of that team, that someday I hope to plunge back into.
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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