As I was retiring from my 42 year banking career with Bank of America in 2021, my cousin, Susan Sunderland, a member of the Memory Ball Committee, reached out inquiring if I would consider dancing in the upcoming Memory Ball. “YES of course” was my answer. I feel blessed to be included with this year’s slate of amateur dancers and their professional instructors in the Alzheimer's Association Memory Ball Dancing Stars on April 30th at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. We are trying to raise awareness and funds to help find a cure to this devastating disease and provide support to those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and their families at one of the most unique Baltimore Region charity events.
I dance to honor all those that are suffering or have suffered with Alzheimer's. As I prepare for the Ball I want to specifically mention my Aunt Rose (Rose Nigrin) and a wonderful man, Chuck Daley, both of whom had Alzheimer’s and have subsequently passed. Aunt Rose made you laugh every time anyone was with her and continued to do so while suffering through this disease. Chuck made you feel loved and welcome, and he never met a stranger. I am also in awe of the wonderful caregivers that took care of them.
My teacher, Igor Kiselev and his gifted wife, Anna Arutsiunian, are patiently transforming me into a ballroom dancer. I grew up watching the gifted dancing of my parents, Ed and Dolores Haywood. They have inspired me to take on this challenge. Dance is a powerful way to express emotion and cross cultural divides, and for the Memory Ball, to honor others.
Please join me by making a donation via the link above or joining us on April 30th by purchasing a ticket or a table to the event.
Blessings to each of you.
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