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South County group dedicated to finding cure for Alzheimer’s

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Outside of the Gardenview Care Center (Credit: KMOV) Outside of the Gardenview Care Center (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – A group in South County have dedicated their careers to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s.

Gardenview Care Center specializes in caring for people with dementia and Alzheimer's.

“Every day, coming in and getting kisses and hugs. That’s what keeps us going, “said Melaine Salmon, the assistant director of nursing at the center.

Salmon works alongside Jerri Dukes, the director of nursing, to help residents and their families.

“I could not take care of her anymore, it was impossible,” Rich Abushawn, whose wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s 10 years ago, said. “Then, last year she came here. They take care of Sharon better than I ever could.”

Salmon and Dukes have seen the devastation of the disease first hand. They also know how important Alzheimer’s research is, so they wanted to do something about it.

“It started with her and I sitting there thinking one day,” Dukes said. “We wanna do something to help the Alzheimer’s foundation.”

They came up with the idea to hold a festival that will include a car show, petting zoo, food, music and an auction. All of the money raised will go to the Alzheimer’s Association.

“We want to help raise the money and find a cure,” said Dukes.

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