Over the last few years I have known and lost beautiful, intelligent, amazing people to the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s. I have seen individuals lose their independence, their drive to move forward and their sense of self. I have witnessed family become strangers to those affected and seen grown children try to cope with the notion that mom or dad do not recognize them anymore. The Callahan Senior Center provides a place for our local aging population to maintain their independence and social wellbeing. The Friends of the Callahan Center sponsor programs such as “Continuing Connections”. These programs help Metro West community residents with early stage dementia and/or Alzheimer’s and their care partners to continue the connections that still remain intact and work. Programs include exercise, conditioning art, music, pet therapy, peer lunches and related activities. In conquering my fear of running a marathon I hope to help support all of those individuals and families in conquering their battle to remain vibrant and full of life. Any amount donated is greatly appreciated and will help the Friends of the Callahan Center tremendously.