April Fundraiser on Facebook:
Marigolds for Mom! Donate to this fundraiser and you'll be the proud owner of lovely, locally owned Marigold seeds...just in time to plant for Mother's Day! Send me your mailing address and wait for your special delivery!
(Pretend I was able to insert a great photo of beautiful Marigolds HERE)
March Fundraiser on Facebook:
Help this Lucky Leprechaun go the EXTRA MILE to raise a POT OF GOLD to help end Alzheimer's disease!
For every $50 donated, I'll swim a mile in honor of my Gram, in honor of you for your kind donation, and in honor of all families who are caring for a loved one with Dementia. I'll be wearing my new green and white flower swim cap and goggles.
This treat is Gluten-Free too!
February Fundraiser on Facebook:
Laps for (my Gram) LaDonna!
My Gram died in November 2020. Alzheimer’s took her memories and jumbled everything up for her. COVID-19 complicated things further, and she died alone. It’s been a tough journey for her, and for me...watching her slip away. No longer my sassy Gram with her lipstick advice.
In honor of her, I’m swimming laps to raise awareness and funds to help find a cure for this terrible, no-good disease.
And I don’t mind looking silly in the process! Clearly!
Won’t you consider donating a few dollars to support this crazy Christyna of yours? I promise to keep you posted on my progress, with funny stories to tell!
8/3/2020 The Columbian https://clbn.us/43FbC
Christyna Hengstler looks out for a lot of people. When she participates in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Vancouver with her company team,1st Choice Advisory Services, she’s honoring not only her Grandma Donna, who lives with dementia in Southern California, but also many of her clients.
Christyna’s job, connecting families with senior-living options and resources, gives her the opportunity to listen to many different families’ stories. Her tip for offering help to others, gleaned from her previous experience as a counselor? Ask: “May I share something with you?” before giving guidance or pointing to resources. If dementia is part of a family’s concerns, Christyna suggests they start with alz.org, where she first started. She continues to be amazed by all of the support options the Alzheimer’s Association offers, even locally in Clark County where she lives and works.
And what about when Christyna herself is feeling discouraged? She says she just remembers what Grandma Donna tells her: “All you need is a little bit of lipstick, and the rest will work itself out.”
Christyna brings a variety of perspectives and resources with her when she talks to families trying to plan for a loved one with dementia. She has a master’s in counseling (worked with people with disabilities for 20 years) then worked in HR for a company that hires caregivers. About a year and a half ago, she joined1st Choice Advisory Services, a company that’s been around for 27 years, and now helps families connect to senior-living options and resources for free. Besides her work background, she has first-hand experience with dementia in her own family: her Grandma Donna.
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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