#4Gerrie

A Mother’s Day Gift…

Birthday Memories - Luckie, Jai & MomShe called me her “Rock of Gibraltar”. She loved my lack of tact, chuckled at my acid humor and applauded EVERY hurdle this teenage Mother conquered to create a life she was proud of. Gerrie was my Champion!:)

BRILLIANT in every sense of the word. Mom was relentless, nurturing; an Innovator before we knew what that word even meant. Gerrie commanded attention and though only 5’2 she sparkled in ANY crowd. Boy was she something special!:)

Born 7/6 and 7/7 we were “two peas in a pod”. On my first Mother’s Day without her, I truly know how invaluable Mom was to me, her baby girl.

I believe “Sometimes Grandma” is Mom’s gift to me and the kids. I think she knew in our effort to heal others, we too would find healing and purpose.

Mom was the QUEEN of strategy and taking care of other people. Our Harmony St. Kids have her wrapped all around them!:)

So my gift to you Mama this Mother’s Day is to be…

  • Relentless in my work to see an end to Alzheimer’s Disease. No standing on the sideline. I’m chin-deep in this FIGHT!
  • Fearless in the face of the unknown and unplanned. Life catches us by surprise. I look FORWARD!
  • Tenacious in defining a life on MY TERMS; I call the shots and choose the roads my feet travel.
  • Brazenly, unbelievably HAPPY, HEALTHY and WHOLE as I figure out this new and unfamiliar world. I know you’re still […]

Justis’ Turn To Fight #4GERRIE! Our 2014 Walk To End Alzheimer’s Is ON!

Justis & CHMS #ENDALZ 2014Justis was a full-term baby born floppy, which is a less clinical way of saying he was oxygen deprived and not breathing. We’ve never really understood why but I remember him being silent and blue, and me being in complete shock, watching my OB-GYN begin chest compressions.

Mom and my Great Aunt Mitzi (Nan) were right beside me, and rather than joining me in silent shock, they immediately began to pray — LOUDLY. It was 30-35 seconds that felt like a lifetime, but as soon as the prayers began, Justis started breathing!

For years, we each told the story of how Mama and Nan prayed Justis back to life. They fought for him when I could not.

Now, almost 15 years later, Mama’s taken rest from the torment of Alzheimer’s Disease, and her Justis is fighting #4GERRIE, #4NAY (our BELL Cousin) and the 5.4 Million people living with Alzheimer’s today.

On Friday 2/7, Justis and his Community House Middle School #ENDALZ Warriors hit the halls with a common mission — $1 for 1 Krispy Kreme doughnut!

900 doughnuts and 25 minutes later, our CHMS Student Supporters had helped the DANIELS family give Alzheimer’s its first kick in the butt for 2014! Focused and impeccably-coordinated, I’ve never seen a fundraiser so successful, flawless and FUN!

Students were happy for the afternoon sugar fix, and open to learning about Alzheimer’s Disease and our mission to find a cure. Several students understood […]

Mama’s With Me…

Birthday Memories X3 - Jaiya, Gerrie & LuckieMama’s with me this morning…

From the early morning laugh with my big sister Gina in DC, quoting Mom’s favorite prayer to cover her future generations — blessings to her children’s, children’s, children… to my eldest Jerold, Mom’s namesake, posting her Marvelous Tribute video via Facebook. Memories too beautiful to make me do anything but smile.

Then as I attempted to replay her favorite, Walter Hawkins “Marvelous“, I somehow ended up with “I’m Not The Same” on the Hawkins Love Alive CD!

You talk about memories?! Her FAVORITE Gospel CD — EVER!

It’s a if I can see her swaying, rocking her head and singing…

And now I’m not the same
Because everything has changed because of Christ
Somebody said, somebody said, they told me
They said that I wouldn’t make it
Somebody said, somebody said
They said that I couldn’t take it
Oh, I’m not the same, I’m not the same
Can’t you see?
Everything, oh everything, everything has changed because of Christ

I hear you Mama…

Without question, I KNOW you’re okay! And yes… we, all your children’s children’s children, are getting there.

#4GERRIE

Luckie

Birthday Memories X3 - Jaiya, Gerrie & Luckie

#4GERRIE: Walking With Purpose

#4GERRIE

By |September 14th, 2013|Announcements, Barwick|0 Comments