partner and I were fortunate enough to be able to attend the 2010 Alzheimer's
Educational Conference & Celebration of Excellence Award Luncheon in
Tulsa, Oklahoma this year where Kate was the keynote speaker.
Itís such an intimate thing, to share any
part of losing a loved one to a disease like Alzheimerís, and Kate was
passionate as she spoke. She told us of the woman who became her motherís
caretaker, and gave us a glimpse of the deep, unconditional love and exceptional
care she gave. She spoke of the sacrifices of this woman to care for her
mother, and she ended by thanking and giving recognition to those who have
given over themselves in service to caring for those who are living with
Alzheimerís. At times, she was poignant, and her sincerity and humor were
touching. Everything sounded with a tinge of bitter sweetness. However,
how could it have been anything but? It was a wonderful speech, and many
of us there could relate.
When the luncheon ended, Kate remained.
She was very sociable. She spoke with those of us brave enough to venture
up to the head table, and she was graciously agreeable to having her picture
taken with a few of us. When my partner asked her if she would be willing
to take a photo with me, she exclaimed, ďOf course!Ē One moment Iím standing
a few feet away talking to another attendee, and the next moment Kate Mulgrew
has her arm around my shoulder. To be honest, if I didnít have the picture,
Iím not sure I would have believed it happened!
Itís a magnificent thing to have such an
outspoken, strong, confident woman running as a spokesperson for the cause.
Weíre very fortunate to have Kate on our team. I encourage everyone to
learn about this cause and, if you should ever have the chance, go see
Kate speak on it.