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This foundation has been a long time coming. Not just on my end, but because it has been so needed for so long for so many people. When my husband, Jim, finally got the terrible news he had Mild Cognitive Impairment with the likelihood it would develop into Younger Onset Alzheimer’s Disease, I started researching. I looked for support groups. I looked for clinical trials. I looked for treatments. Then, as he progressed, I searched for help. Help figuring out our finances and what they should look like for our long -term crisis management. I looked in vain for help understanding how the Medicare, Veteran’s Administration, Social Security Disability and Tricare plans would intersect together to hopefully save our family from eventual financial ruin. I sat many nights searching online for an organization that could help cover the steep costs of trying to fulfill Jim’s bucket list (sadly it looks like we put an extremely good dent in it but won’t get everything done). We met with three different attorneys before finding one that could actually help us. But at the end of the day, we were still left wanting and needing more. And I realized that if we were falling short with help, many others were too. It was time to do something….but what exactly?

Over the course of two years, several acquaintances, friends, co-workers and even a few readers from my blog, www.missingjim.com encouraged me to follow my new found passion. It was obvious this was where my heart was. So, I listed out all of the things I felt were important to caregivers and those with dementia. I asked other people in similar situations what was important to them. I whittled the list down to three items. I found a board member, who in turn helped me find other board members. I started sharing my vision and the plan. More help and encouragement followed. I did research about non-profits.  Through it all, I waited, what seemed like an eternity, for the official paperwork from the IRS declaring The Garner Foundation a certified 501c3. Nine months after filing the paperwork, we received the much-anticipated news. We were official.

Now the real work begins. Fundraising. In order to help caregivers and in turn those suffering from this wretched disease, we need to raise money. Elder care attorney help is expensive. Even working on setting up a network where the attorneys will help at reduced rates takes time and money. Helping with respite care also take lots and lots of money. The more money we raise, the more we will be able to help. It also takes funding to assist with family vacations so that families starting down this long road can make come wonderful memories together.

So, if you can give, please do. Any and all amounts are greatly needed and greatly appreciated. If you are willing, please share The Garner Foundation website with everyone in your address book. Maybe you can take up a collection at work. Maybe you can host a dinner at your home and ask everyone attending to donate. Maybe your civic organization is looking for a new charity to help. There are so many ways to help us with funding, even if you can’t personally stroke a check. If you can’t think of a way, please contact us and we will help you brainstorm and come up with a solution you are comfortable with.

Thank you for visiting and thank you, thank you, thank you for your support! Here we go….