Tomorrow, eight of us will be making our journey to Washington D.C. Joining us will be the stories of Brenda’s dad, Rex, my publisher’s mother, a man fortunate to have Melva’s dedication, Michelle’s grandfather, and my own dad, mom and grandma. There is one last special man I would like you to meet.
Of all the stories we will be sharing with our nation's leaders, unfortunately only my publisher’s mother, who was recently diagnosed, and three men on hospice are still living. This distinguished trio of men, my father and two of his buddies, served our country, made a tremendous impact in this world, and are now neighbors at Memory Care.
It is impossible to relay to you what is involved in leaving them to make this trip.
Only because of the monumental dedication of our family members and memory care staff is this even possible. Our community supports our efforts and knows that only by sharing our stories will funding be secured for advancement in research. We are painfully aware this is our only hope in finding a cure for this disease.
A guide will be needed in order to sort our way through this process. Ural would be a perfect candidate, a man whose position as VP of a prominent company took him to D.C. on a regular basis. Previous to this position, Ural served the United States as Command Sergeant Major in the military. His beloved wife and five children sacrificed time with him as he served. His commitment to our country also took him and his family to tours in Alaska, Korea, Vietnam, and Germany.
Unfortunately, we will not have the benefit of his vast knowledge of Washington D.C. Ural lost his hearing due to artillery and is legally deaf. This made it difficult for his children to discern what was happening when they began to notice their father was becoming forgetful. Additionally, he was grieving the passing of his wife, which understandably clouds one’s ability to function normally.
Ural has dementia and is now a neighbor and friend of my dad’s.
This family has become dear to me since the day last summer when my father veered from our walking path down the hall into this man’s room and stated “He is my friend!” Two of Ural’s daughters were there and nodded in agreement, letting me know our dads had become acquainted during activities that morning. I have great respect for Ural’s family and their dedication to their father.
It is obvious they are close and they freely admit they like each other! His three daughters are dedicated to taking turns feeding him everyday. They have never lost the respect their father deserves. (Ural is also among the heartbroken parents who has stood at the grave of a child.) Although all three wanted to join us on this trip to Washington, they are sending their sister, Cathy, as the representative for their family.
Ural created a legacy of dedication and trust. He is a highly respected man with admirable qualities. It is apparent, just by experiencing his thoughtful and expressive eyes, this man loves his family. He is a man of faith who believed if the church doors were open, he should be there. We believe if the doors are open to us in Washington D.C., our stories must be told.
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