Growing up my grandmother had Alzheimer's disease for 8 years. Every since I was the age of 5 I spent my weekends visiting my grandmother in a nursing home, singing her songs, feeding her, comforting her and letting her know she still meant the world to me. Despite her disease, she became my best friend and taught me everything I needed to know in life. She taught me to love unconditionally, to accept others, and to never take life for granted. In 2008 I had to let my best friend fly with the angels, as she past away while holding my hand. She was a true inspiration, and from that day on every November we walk in her memory, Irene's Army. My grandmother has lead me to want to impact the lives of others. I work with Alzheimer's patients and love every moment of it. I am studying healthcare administration becasue I want to make a difference in the lives of those suffering from Alzheimer's. It it my desire to make sure each one of those patients gets the healthcare and medical attention they need. I'm the first college generation in my family, and I go everyday to one day be the voice of those who are desperately crying out for our support, love, and attention.