Let's learn a little about Shannon...
How long have you been involved with the Alzheimer's Association and what was your reason for getting involved?
I have been involved since 2014. I lost my dad to early onset Alzheimer's diesease when he was 65 years old. He missed major milestones in my life, and his own, and I hate that he lost his life so young. He lived with the disease for 10 years and the last several years of his life were challenging and heartbreaking. Alzheimer's robs those afflicted and their families of so much and I want to do everything I can to make sure that those suffering today and in the future receive the care and support they need. I hope that my efforts and those of others fighting for a cure will some day live in a world without Alzheimer's disease and all other dementia.
How are you involved with the Alzheimer's Association?
I serve on the Heart of America Chapter Board of Directors and co-founded the Alzheimer's Young Ambassadors. I participate in Walk to End Alzheimer's every year with our Alzheimer's Young Ambassadors team.
Have you utilized the services of the Alzheimer's Association? If so, which ones?
Yes! My dad suffered form Alzheimer's for more than 10 years and my mother was his primary caregiver. Once they discovered resources from the Alzheimer's Association, it made coping with the daily challenges so much easier. My mom used one-on-one support from staff and attended support groups that she still meets with today. She and my dad also enjoyed attending Alzheimer's Association social engagement groups, like the Jam Session. My dad loved music.
Where are you employed?
I am the Director of Corporate Partnerships at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Whatever you are, be a good one.
What is your hidden talent or ability?
I can recite all of the subordinating conjunctions in the English language and I can tap dance.
What book/movie/show are you recommending to others?
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
What are you most passionate about in life?
Travel, the outdoors, family, friends, and fighting against Alzheimer's disease.
Who is someone you look up to as a role model and why?
My mom; she is the strongest person I know and I am so grateful for the love and care she showed my dad for so many years while he lived with Alzheimer's disease.
What is a positive thing that has happened to you since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic?
I had a baby boy, Ollie, on February 3, 2021. He is my greatest achievement so far!
THANK YOU, Shannon, for all you do to help increase awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. We couldn't make the kind of impact we are making without supporters like you.
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