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Scott Bradley
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Scott Bradley, Director of Special Events,
with his mother, Shirley Bradley

I originally became involved with the Alzheimer’s Association by volunteering for the Walk (as if I had a choice since my wife worked for the Association!) My grandmother had suffered with Alzheimer’s, but since she lived in Wyoming I really did not have much exposure to how it really affected her.

Having spent most of my professional career in the jewelry business, it was a welcomed change to devote my time and efforts to a worthy cause. Unfortunately, a year after I started working for the Association, my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. At first my mother blamed me for her diagnosis. She saw a connection between the fact that I worked at the Association, so surely that was the cause of her disease...right?  I learned very quickly to live in her world and be understanding of her perception of her memory loss. Over time she has accepted the fact that she doesn’t remember, but as I remind her of her past, she smiles and shakes her head, which lets me know the comfort she receives from those gentle reminders. I thank God for every good day she has and I know that those good days will become less and less frequent.

My efforts in fundraising as Director of Special Event provide me with the hope that we can conquer this disease so that generations to come will not be affected. In the meantime, it is rewarding to see how our office helps those, including my family, in dealing with this dreadful disease. 


 

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