By Missy Wattenbarger
"They had a lifetime of memories but there's nothing left to show. When a mind and a body choose a different time to go."
The lyrics of "She's a Stranger in His Mind" tells of the struggles one woman must deal with as her husband's mind succumbs to Alzheimer's disease. The song will be shared with others affected by the horrible disease Saturday, Sept. 7, by bluegrass and country singer Carrie Hassler during the opening activities for the Plateau Alzheimer's Walk.
"Many people don't know how exactly that feels," said Hassler about living with Alzheimer's. "It's a very touching song and I was honored to record it."
Hassler's friend Mark Brinkman wrote the song, which was included on the 2008 album by Hassler and Hard Rain. Although Hassler's family has not dealt with the disease directly, she knows several in the community who have and she believes they will relate to the song.
"I hope those who are dealing with Alzheimer's can find comfort in it," she said.
This will be Hassler's first time performing "She's a Stranger in His Mind" at the Plateau Alzheimer's Walk, which will be held at Central Baptist Church, 1346 S. Main St. The event will begin with registration at 9 a.m., followed by Hassler's performance at 9:30 a.m. Opening ceremonies will get under way around 10 a.m., with the walk's ribbon cutting commencing at 11 a.m. Participants and volunteers from Cumberland and Fentress counties will also enjoy entertainment by the Caney Fork Bluegrass Band, free food, door prizes and fun activities for all ages.
There is still time to register for the event. The walk, which is symbolic and optional, will be approximately one mile. All registered walkers with donations of $25 or more will receive a free pass to a 2013 Tennessee Technological University football game. Pre-registered walkers who raise $50 will qualify for a T-shirt that will be distributed at the event.
Individuals, teams and youth may continue turning in funds for 30 days following the event. Final fundraising totals will determine top prize winners, who will be recognized, along with corporate sponsors, at an appreciation luncheon. Contact Amanda Barlow at (931) 526-8010 or email@example.com for more information.
"I want to help any way I can," Hassler said, "and I like that all the funds raised from the walk will stay here."