As a professional helping those that are affected by Alzheimer's disease, I have the opportunity to see the profound impact this illness has on patients and their families. From the initial diagnosis through the course of disease, the needs of these individuals and families are endless. When initially diagnosed people are afraid, uncertain, and sad. My role is to offer support and direction when their world is spinning. Nothing is more powerful than sitting with someone while they mourn the loss of their husband/wife, mother/father, or sister/brother... nothing is more powerful especially when their loved one is in the room sitting next to them. Although we cannot offer a cure yet, we can reassure them that we are here to help. The Alzheimer's Association has been my primary partner in helping these families. Whether to find a support group in their neighborhood, an educational seminar, or connect to a respite opportunity for a tired caregiver, the Alzheimer's Association is there to help me in my mission to be a Women's Champion.