alzheimer’s disease

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 […]

#4GERRIE: Walking With Purpose

#4GERRIE

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

#4GERRIE’S WALK PAGE: Let’s END Alzheimer’s Disease!

#4GERRIE'S WALK PAGEJOIN TEAM #4GERRIE & Help Us END ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE!

GERALDINE BARWICK (July 6, 1941 to August 5, 2013) was so much more than the fragile shell left behind by Alzheimer’s Disease.

Our “Gerrie” was brilliant, fearless, funny, loyal and loving. She adored life, laughter, fine clothing and most of all – FAMILY!

Gerrie took her rest on August 5, 2013, four years to the day of her formal August 5, 2009 Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia diagnosis.

Though her family will FOREVER miss her presence, we Gerrie’s children, grandchildren, extended family and friends will honor her memory by continuing to support Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and Prevention through ADVOCACY + ACTION!

Our prayer, our goal is to live to celebrate the END of ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE!

On Saturday, October 5th, beginning at 8:30AM, we’ll travel to Atlanta to walk #4GERRIE and join our cousins, Bell Family Memories in fighting back against the toll Alzheimer’s Disease has taken on our loved ones, Gerrie and Nate, and us as a family!

I have to believe that our newest Family arrival in Heaven, Geraldine is standing with Cousins Elbert and Nettie BENTON STRINGER, smiling and cheering us on!:)

My Mama NEVER gave-up on anything! We’re doing exactly what Gerrie would do –> STAND. FIGHT. NEVER QUIT!