I am wrongfully accused continuously, especially on social media, of being
"a nice person". I jokingly respond by saying that these comment must stop; they
are ruining my reputation as an attorney. What did I ever do to deserve such
Well, after a lifetime of supporting many philanthropic endeavors, I
initiated and chaired for several years the Boca Walk to End Alzheimer's for the
Alzheimer's Association. A year later, I created a largely-attended Luncheon,
which has since become known as the "Brain Bowl", an event in which
professionals, advocates and caregivers come together to further support and
bring attention to those living with dementia, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
Lately, I learned a new word, “VOLUNESIA” : The Moment when you
forget you are volunteering to help change lives, because the process of doing so
has changed your own. This journey certainly has done just that for me, my
family and my law firm.
I do not have a family member diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. However, as a
South Florida native, born and raised here, I am involved simply because I love
our community and I want to see it thrive. Alzheimer’s has grown to be a huge
weed in our Garden of Eden, literally stealing the dignity and soul of our
neighbors, our friends, our loved ones.
As one person, I did not know what I could actually accomplish. However,
many incredible people quickly joined my efforts, demonstrating how working
towards a goal can empower oneself and energize the endeavors of everyone
As a lawyer and as a volunteer, I strive continuously to bring attention that
Alzheimer’s is hands-down the most expensive disease anyone will ever face, as
round-the-clock care is required for several years. Most people do not have the
financial, emotional or physical ability to handle that situation. Thereby, the
burden falls heavily on younger generations and taxpayers to meet this
overwhelming challenge. Yet, fundraising and awareness remains abysmally low.
I remain motivated to continuously do more by remembering that I was not
granted another day for my own purposes, but because someone out there
needs me. As Muhammad Ali once said, “Service to Others is the Rent that you
pay for your room here on Earth”.
Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much!!
Your time, your treasure or your talent—there is always something to give.