REASON FOR ADVOCACY
The reason why I am an advocate is my love for my mother who suffered from Alzheimer's coupled with my love for music. Both of them are my love and passion. It is like the air I breathe. I can't live, move or have my being without either of them. My mother gave me life and music brings me life.
Such advocacy helps me deal with change. Change is something I don't think anyone is really ready for. It just happens similarly to the game "Ready or Not" - here I come. One day change took my family by surprise. At the time, we didn't know much about the disease so it brought about a change. Mom didn't understand the disease, nor did we; so it brought about change. We had to act fast and it wasn't easy for my mom to accept the idea of moving or did she understand why, as she could no longer live alone and going to assistant living. After seeing this, I decided to become an advocate for Alzheimer's. I wanted to help someone else learn about this disease and how to cope; therefore, I decided to have Alzheimer's benefits to help other families to see that there is a brighter side and that you can still love them and laugh with them just on a different level - the level called change.
I am dedicating my time and effort to my 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization called ‘Reviving the Mind with Clara because the disease is near and dear to my heart. As a result of my mother’s death from the disease, I am convinced there is a monumental need to educate citizens within our local communities. What a blessing to be educated about the disease and recognize the need for services and programs in our community.
Reviving the Mind endeavors to take music and laughter globally to help heal the hearts and souls of those affected by the debilitating disease of Alzheimer's, while sharing as much information about the disease. Although such an attack has happened to a family member or friend and has altered their lives, one can still laugh, love and have perfect peace of mind.
Clara and I have been friends for many years and I saw the effects of the illness on her mother and how it also affected Clara. I believe this is an excellent opportunity to assist others in getting the right information at the right time. I've always been a giver and this is another way to help a cause greater than myself. I believe my personal experiences will also add value because my great grandmother had dementia before she passed away.
" We don't know how strong we are until being strong is the only choice we have "
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My fondest memory of Mother Pulley was her delicious desserts. We called her Sister Pound Cake. She was so loving and always singing "I'm Running For My Life " every bible study. Mother you are missed! Being a caregiver can be challenging for many family members. My goal is to inspire young people to fight for a cause and to aid in finding a cure for this disease.
Community Outreach Liaison
I have a strong passion working with people at all stages of life. I have worked in the medical field for over 15 years and this cause holds a special place in my heart. I was honored to be a part of the 2012 Benefit Concert with Clara Pulley and from there an awesome bond was birthed. Reviving the Mind with Clara is truly more than just a movement, it is a breakthrough and positive outlook on the awareness of Alzheimers' and resources for the people affected.
Grant Funding Manager
When presented with the opportunity to serve Reviving the Mind with Clara, initially I was hesitant as I felt it would have stretched me beyond my comfort. I also did not know much about Alzheimer's; however, I did know that joining this team - I would soon learn. Though I am currently working with other non-profits, I do not work with them in the capacity of which I would be working with RTMWC. I value this opportunity to be a part of an organization that will help with my individual growth and increase my knowledge for such a great cause.