A lot of you reading this know Kristen Cusato. She and I worked together at Channel 8 before she left for the West Coast. Then Kristen’s mom was stricken with Alzheimer’s.
In 2009, when she was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia at the age of 61, I quit my TV news job in San Diego, packed up 14 boxes, grabbed my cat and moved back to the East Coast to be with her through her journey.
Kristen’s mom’s journey has ended. Kristen has returned to Southern California.
Her passion and dedication to Alzheimer’s patients and families hasn’t diminished!
I started working for the Alzheimer’s Association in Connecticut, as a trainer, educator and fundraiser. It was after talking about my Mom at a book event, that I met the publisher of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. She told me we needed to do a book about Alzheimer’s. My response: “Yes, we do.” A year later, and Chicken Soup for the Soul Living with Alzheimer’s and other Dementias” is here, in bookstores April 22nd.
Kristen has a story in the book and now a website to help get the word out. When she asked me to build it, I couldn’t say no. The site is simple, Kristen’s message is important.
You’ve heard people use the phrase “my pleasure” a million times. Seriously, when it comes to work like this, my pleasure.