Category Advocacy

Farmer, Musician, Caregiver: The Longest Day

Laurie Lee Lewis is a self-described “whirlwind” of a woman. Besides being a farmer, songwriter, musician, author and philanthropist, she has also been the primary caregiver for both of her parents the past four years. This year, Laurie is celebrating her birthday and honoring her father with a celebration on her farm for The Longest […]

South Korea to Seattle: Meet our intern Ginny

“A few years ago I was re-considering my career path to find a new opportunity. I entered an online university to earn a certificate in teaching in Korean language for foreign learners. And then, by chance, I got to know about the university’s caregiving program,” Ginny said. “I realized that I would have no idea […]

Opening the Closed Door: Brian Cook, Volunteer

  In late 2015, Brian Cook’s father-in-law Gary was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. In 2016, the diagnosis progressed to include posterior cortical atrophy (PCA), an atypical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease where a person will begin to lose their sight along with their memory. Though he has been showing signs of the disease for over four […]

For Better or for Worse: My Advocacy Story

By Cheri Whitlock On January 9, 1988, my husband Jim and I spoke traditional vows of better or worse, richer or poorer, sickness and health, till death do us part. In our 30 years, we have shared all the normal ups and downs of married life. We moved across the country and bought a home, […]

Justice for families: My advocacy story

Patricia Kienholz is a very busy woman. She is a single mother of two, an avid learner, working about 70-90 hours a week between her work in the nonprofit sector and helping to run a family-owned business. “I can’t stand idle time, and my brain only slows down when I’m sleeping,” she said. Still, Patricia takes […]

Remembering a beautiful life: My advocacy story

By Ramona Pitre-Collins My mother’s life My mother, Marie Elizabeth Blouin Pitre was born June 28, 1924 at her Market Street house in Opelousas, a small town in southern Louisiana. She was the seventh of nine children. Aunts and uncles talked about what a rambunctious household they were, full of good-natured conflicts, laughter, music and […]

I am living with Alzheimer’s: My advocacy story

by Julie Burger Julie Burger was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2016 at age 76. Born in Puerto Rico, Julie moved to the United States to attend school, graduating first in her high school class. In college, she majored in physiological psychology and earned a master’s degree in human resources. Julie has worked in various […]