Finding Joyful Moments in the Midst of Alzheimer’s Journey

Donia Schmiege remembers her mom as being “controlled and conservative… always staying in her lane.” She never wore ‘above-the-knee’ dresses or red lipstick. Donia laughs when she fails to find another word besides “bible thumper” to describe her kind and devoted mom, Mary. Her mom was always a leader in her community, teaching Sunday School […]

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A Collection of Memories Preserved Honors Late Husband

“Everyone who ever met him defined him as a gentleman, and that never changed,” shares Nancy Willett of New Bern, North Carolina.  Hank, Nancy’s husband, had a presence about him that one just recognized.  Horace Bunnie Fitchett, Jr. was known to all as ‘Hank’ or ‘PopPop’ by his eight grandchildren.  Born in Urbana, Virginia in […]

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When Honoring Grandparents Becomes A Career

Robeson County native Kesha Hunt has lost both her grandparents to Alzheimer’s disease. This immeasurable family loss might cause some to shut down or try to forget, but Kesha is a clear exception. Kesha uses her grief to inspire her own fight against Alzheimer’s, and bring her community on board with her. She is set […]

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CAN-DO SPIRIT PASSES FROM FATHER TO DAUGHTER

Even though his formal education did not extend beyond the fifth grade, Charlie Pruitt’s unwavering work ethic persevered to nearly the end of his life. He built pianos for Kohler & Campbell for over 45 years until they filed for bankruptcy in the 1980’s. “Daddy did not think twice about walking three miles in the […]

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Rotary Club Member Marries Personal Connection and Civic Duty

Sarah McLellan’s great grandmother moved from Sweden when she was a teenager. She raised Sarah’s grandmother Shirley to find pride in working hard, taking care of her family and building a home. Shirley and her brother had a house on Cape Cod where Sarah and her family would spend their summers. Shirley had five kids […]

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Balancing Life Amidst the Challenges of Alzheimer’s Disease

“After being together for 33 years, that was the first time I had ever seen my husband cry,” recalls Jeanette Martinez of Jacksonville, NC.  William ‘Willie’ Martinez, 55, had just been diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2009.  While this news understandably shook the Martinez family to its core, Jeanette knew she needed to be […]

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Celebrating recent Alzheimer’s legislative accomplishments in N.C.

Advocates have been busy across North Carolina this summer working to further the Alzheimer’s Association’s public policy priorities on behalf of the 180,000 North Carolinians living with Alzheimer’s disease and their 479,000 caregivers. On September 2nd and 3rd, the North Carolina General Assembly reconvened for a special short session to work on the Coronavirus Relief […]

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Two Fathers, Two journeys, One Mission

Jerry and Kay Tucker have been volunteers on the planning committee for Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Guilford County for four years. They have seen their walk event grow from a crowd that barely filled a small park at High Point University to overflowing LeBauer Park in downtown Greensboro. They have grown their understanding of […]

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One Woman’s Journey Becomes a Call to Her Own Community

‘Clarity – Capacity – Cure’ – is the motto that Charlotte resident Joyce Gottlieb has relied upon since her mother Bessie Ledbetter was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. “Mom’s behavior became out of character for her about ten years ago,” shares Joyce. “This disease can really sneak up on the individual living with it as well as […]

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VIRTUAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY — THE LONGEST DAY VOLUNTEER LAUNCH PARTY

“The Longest Day Committee work has been so meaningful. We never took our eyes off the importance of supporting those with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias, and their caregivers. Witnessing the commitment and resilience of my fellow team members made every bit of the effort worthwhile!”– Dr. Michelle Webb (The Longest Day 2020 Chair) […]

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