Sheldon Hudlin, Bonaire, Georgia resident and former caregiver to his mother Joyce Boone follows his mom’s life moto – Give. Love. Live.
“My mother was larger than life and she made an impact in her community and to her family”, added Sheldon. “She was a cook in schools; she catered events and worked at Robins Air Force Base. She was always working hard for our family. She always said do the best you can do and leave the rest up to God”.
Sheldon and his family started noticing almost immediately that Joyce was repeating herself in conversations. In addition, she would become aggravated in the evenings; both are warning signs of Alzheimer’s. After several tests, Joyce was diagnosed with dementia.
“The last two years of my mother’s life, every Monday we called it Memaw Monday”, added Sheldon. “My company employees and people, in general, would wear purple and post photos on social media. I think it’s important to get as many people involved as you can and educate them on this disease”.
Joyce lost her battle to Alzheimer’s just a few months ago and Sheldon restructured his cleaning company as Memawsboyz LLC in her honor. The business logo changed its color to purple, Joyce’s favorite color and the color to recognize Alzheimer’s disease.
“We need to make the best generation, my mother’s generation last as long as we can”, added Sheldon. “We need to remember them and tell the younger generations how they did not go out without a fight.”
Sheldon will be walking in memory of his mother at the 2018 Central Georgia Walk to End Alzheimer’s. He set a goal of raising $500 but exceeded it thanks to his staff, friends, and family. Now he wants to hit a fundraising goal of $2,000!
“I thought raising $500 might be a stretch but almost immediately I reached it thanks to so many people who cared about my mom. She was always helping people and she loved so deeply”.
You can help Sheldon’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s team reach their goal by visiting Sheldon’s Walk. Your donation supports Alzheimer’s care, support, and research programs.
To start your own Walk to End Alzheimer’s team, visit georgiawalk.org.