With ALZ my Heart
"Having a recognized purpose in life, instills you with the drive to pursue and accomplish things. The benefit is living life, not just existing." - Brian
I am amazed! The people who volunteer to be advocates for the Alzheimer's Association are a 'special breed.' You can't tell by looking at them because you can't see their hearts. If you could, you would see they beat stronger than most. This army is not for the faint of heart. To take a whole day and walk into the offices of legislators that are very busy, is bold. Then to make a presentation about how insidious a disease Alzheimer's is, and how it affects whole families is a testament to the depth of their love and character. I was so fortunate to be surrounded and loved on by them all day long. Some had been incredibly busy for weeks in preparation for this task of love. We started early, got home late and I can't wait to do it again!
I am grateful to have again spent some time with a very special man Brian Van Buren. He is on the Alzheimer's Association Early-Onset Advisory Council. They are lucky to have him. The more I get to know Brian the more I am amazed. He has spent most of his life helping others on one level or another. Brian has Early-Onset Alzheimer's, but it doesn't slow him down. From the moment I met him on stage at the Walk 2 ENDALZ to the car ride back and forth to Raleigh, he has shown kindness, support, and wisdom. Brian was one of the speakers in the Old Capital Building, sharing his incredible story.
I have to mention my team because they were... well words do not even do them justice. Wayne Durham, Fran Braun, Scott Herrick and Frank Marshall, the dream team! It was like we had been doing this together for years. We made some excellent connections and inroads with different legislators, some of whom you will hear more about soon.
I don't recall if I mentioned that I recently was appointed as an Ambassador for the Alzheimer's Association. But it gives me an opportunity to visit with different elected officials. The main person I am assigned to pursue is Republican Congressman Robert Pittenger of the 9th District here in North Carolina. Rep. Pittenger is a very experienced Member of Congress, and I look forward to meeting him soon. He has an office not far from me, and I will hopefully be meeting him coming up at the end of the month (March 29th) if not before.
After such a great experience for Advocacy Day in Raleigh, NC, I can't wait until the annual Advocacy Forum in Washington D.C. in a few weeks! It will be three days of meetings and the last day at the Capital to meet our Congressional Legislators and urge them to help.
If you are not involved with a local Alzheimer's Association chapter, try to. You will not regret it. Just go to alz.org and look to the far right on the purple stripe. Click on 'Join the Cause' or click it here. I know some reading this cannot for various reasons, but if you can...