With Love From the ALZWA Team: A Mother’s Day Tribute

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, we would like to take a moment to honor the inspiring women in our lives. Read our tributes below as we reflect on motherhood and celebrate all who love and care for those around us. Happy Mother’s Day with love from the ALZWA team!

Hailey’s mom, Heidi (right) with her Oma

“To anyone who doesn’t know these two people, it looks like a nice walk in the sunshine, but for me, it is so much more. My mom, Heidi, is a superwoman stuck in the sandwich generation. She worked in health care her whole life taking care of people, came home to take care of two kids and countless other people, and cared for my Oma through her 10-year battle with Alzheimer’s. I can’t even begin to try and follow in her footsteps, but I am forever grateful that I have gotten to do life with this woman.”

Hailey Adair
Office Administrator

Janet with her mom, Mary (left) and Mary with her grandson (right)

“On Mother’s Day 2004, I was able to surprise my mom by slipping an ultrasound picture into her Mother’s Day card with something corny like, ‘Looks like I’ll be getting a card next year.’ I may have become a mother, but I’m not sure I can ever measure up to all the family, friends and communities she has lifted up in her life. Alzheimer’s disease is taking its toll, but my mom is still the person I want to be sitting next to. Happy Mother’s Day!”

Janet Callahan
Manager, The Longest Day

Adrienne’s mom, Penny

“My mother is a natural-born teacher and cheerleader with a seemingly endless supply of energy to look out for her family and keep up with her grandkids. When we lost my grandfather to dementia she became the keeper of memories and took over his storytelling responsibilities. I love hearing my son mention people he’s never met after spending a day with my mom.”

Adrienne Genise
Relationship Events Manager

Jordan with her mom, Kelly (left) and baby girl Lucy (right)

“I want to honor my mama and the grandmother of my baby girl Lucy. She has been my guiding light my entire life, but after becoming a mother myself, my love and admiration for her have expanded beyond comprehension. I now understand the love a mother has for her own, and am so thankful to be the recipient of hers.” 

Jordan Hunter
Manager, Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Clockwise from top left: Carrie’s mom, Pat, her stepmom, Ruth and her two sisters, Brenda (left) and Tracy (center).

“I’ve been blessed with some incredible women in my life. My beautiful mom, Pat, who cared for my grandpa when he had dementia and is now in the midst of her own Alzheimer’s journey. My mama Ruthie, the woman who raised me, and loved and cared for my dad through his battle with dementia. (I can’t imagine my life without her!) And both of my sisters: Brenda, who brought my nieces and nephew into this world, and my younger sister, Tracy, who helped raise them and has gone above and beyond to help them since our sister was diagnosed with dementia. They mean the world to me and I wouldn’t be who I am today without their love and support!”

Carrie McBride
Director, Marketing and Communications

Meghan with baby Oliver

“It’s my first Mother’s Day with our little guy Oliver. Being a mother has been one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences. I am so lucky to have him in my life and I can’t wait to celebrate Mother’s Day with him.” 

Meghan Means
Director of Programs

Amy with her mom, Lynnette (left) and sister, Kim (right)

“My mom has always been her girls’ biggest cheerleader. From never missing a game to supporting us as we chase our dreams across the country, she’s always been a positive light in our lives and our greatest role model. I’m grateful to call you my mom! Happy Mothers Day! 

The wonderful woman on the right is being promoted from big sister to mother in just a few short months! This little baby is so lucky to have such a strong, funny, loving woman to look up to. The same woman I’ve looked up to my entire life as my big sister. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mother’s-to-be!”

Amie Northagen
Marketing & Communications Manager

Karen with her mom, Lynne

“My mom, Lynne Davidson, has taken me on so many adventures: 50 states and five countries! Now in her mid-80s, she still lives in her home (trying hard not to become the neighborhood cat lady). I am so lucky that she’s happy and healthy and a rock in my life.”

Karen Thompson
Manager of Community Support

Celebrating Mother’s Day, like other holidays, can be bittersweet and challenging when you and your loved ones are affected by dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association is here to provide information and support, any time day or night, via our 24/7 Helpline (1.800.272.3900).

Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline 1.800.272.3900

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