All In the Family: North Carolina Daughter Walks for Her Father and Siblings

The giver’s daughter For as long as Naomi Randolph could remember, her father, Richard Randolph was a giver. “My father taught us about giving…give and keep on giving. He led by example because he was always helping someone in the community.” Richard’s example resonated with Naomi and her thirteen brothers and sisters. This would be […]

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One Family’s Mantra — “Just Keep Swimming”

“I remember it like it was yesterday. Of course, I don’t really remember yesterday all that well.” ~  Dory, “finding nemo” When the Disney produced “Finding Nemo” hit the movie theaters almost twenty years ago, it was Dory, the spunky, distracted blue fish who taught us all, in the face of adversity, to “just keep […]

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Lessons in Dignity

“Dignity is as essential to human life as water, food, and oxygen. The stubborn retention of it, even in the face of extreme physical hardship, can hold a man’s soul in his body long past the point at which the body should have surrendered it.” Laura Hillenbrand “Dad was one of the most selfless people […]

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Carrying Forward the Essence of Mom and Dad

“Lander and Dot were absolutely two people who instilled in me that you always work in your community,” begins their son Mark Bumgarner, executive director of Catawba County’s United Way. “You keep doing your work to make things better for everybody.” Mark shares that growing up he tagged along with his dad who helped with […]

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No Maters or Taters: A Recipe of Caregiving

Arriving at the Scothurst Golf Course in Raeford, N.C. a little after 8 a.m. on April 30, 2022, the car of Maxine Jones was full of freshly prepared breakfast items for the inaugural Belton’s Golf to End Alzheimer’s Tournament. Her three sons, their spouses, twelve grandchildren, and nineteen great grandchildren were among those who helped […]

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Following in Mimi’s Footsteps

The daughter-in-law and mother-in-law relationship often gets a bad rap. Yet when it came to New Bern, N.C. resident, Diane Hogan and her husband’s mother, Joyce – affectionately known as ‘Mimi,’ the two burst the stereotype bubble with finesse. It was a loving 31-year relationship that only came to an end when Joyce passed from […]

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Power Behind the Flower

“It all actually kind of came together,” begins Ashley Ferguson of Jacksonville, North Carolina. “My family has a weekly tradition of going to the farmer’s market and the local Walk to End Alzheimer’s happened to have a booth promoting the 2021 Walk.” Ashley made a donation and in return received an Walk t-shirt as well […]

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Daughter asks who’s “got their ears on” for Alzheimer’s Awareness

“Hey Shirley, this is Squirrely. You got your ears on?” So goes the refrain of a 1970s song. “A fun memory about my mom, Shirley, is that she loved to talk on the Citizens Band (CB) radio back in the 1970’s,” shares Julie Clarke of Greensboro, N.C. Julie’s parents owned a floor covering business in […]

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A Prescription for Caregiving

Dr. Azra Shaikh, a primary care physician in Cary, N.C., was accustomed to fixing things for her patients and taking care of their health needs. But when Alzheimer’s disease took control of her mother and her father began to suffer from another form of dementia, called frontotemporal dementia, she faced a problem that even her […]

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