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Think you know Alzheimer's disease?
Show your support for those in Smith County affected by dementia by purchasing one of our new "Think Again" t-shirts! Order now, and you will also receive one of our new "Think Local" buttons!
All proceeds from t-shirt sales go directly toward programs and services right here in our community.
Shirts are made of 100% soft ringspun cotton. Click here to view size chart (PDF).
Commissioned by the Alzheimer's Support Auxiliary for People and handcrafted by Texas artisan John Cockle of The Bell Collection, a limited supply of this one-of-a-kind piece is available exclusively through the Alzheimer's Alliance.
The butterfly, the heart, and the forget-me-not are all symbolic of the emotions of people affected by dementia. The butterfly is a symbol of endurance, change, hope, and life. The heart reminds us that “the heart remembers what the mind forgets.” The forget-me-not flower represents wonderful memories which cannot be forgotten.
Our guest speaker for the 5th Annual Butterfly Hope Luncheon, many know Kimberly Williams-Paisley as the radiant young bride in the popular Steve Martin remakes of the Father of the Bride movies, the calculating Peggy Kenter on Nashville, or the wife of country music star Brad Paisley. On the outside, it appears she has it all. But behind the scenes, Kim has been dealing with a tragic secret: her mother, Linda, is suffering from a rare form of dementia that has slowly crippled her ability to talk, write, and eventually recognize people in her own family.
Her new book, Where the Light Gets In: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again, tells the full story of Linda’s illness – primary progressive aphasia – from her early-onset diagnosis when she was only 62 to present day. Kim provides a candid picture of the ways her family reacted – for better and for worse – and how she, her father, and her two siblings educated themselves, tried to let go of shame and secrecy, made mistakes, and found unexpected humor and grace in the midst of suffering.
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