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Jay Allen to perform at Alzheimers Benefit at Thirsty Cowboy


Alzheimers disease is a condition that not only takes the memories of the person affected, but creates heartbreak for their loved one’s, as well. It affects more than 5 million people in America, so we all likely know someone whose life has been changed by this disease.

Watching someone you love slip into a mental state that requires nurses and caregivers 24 hours a day is so painful, and their family feels helpless as they experience the pain of Alzheimers.

Singer Jay Allen, took his pain about his mother, who was in the final stages of the disease, and put those emotions into a song. “Blank Stares” went viral when he first sang it back in 2018, and he has used his voice and social media to help raise awareness and funds for those who have had to deal with Alzheimers disease ever since.

“I know you’re still in there, deep down somewhere,” Allen sings in his song. “I swear I still see you, between the blank stares.”

“Blank Stares” is also helping to improve the lives of Alzheimer’s patients. iTunes proceeds from the song go to Abe’s Garden, a memory care center in Nashville, Tennessee.

His mother, Sherry Rich passed away in 2019 after he battle with Alzheimers disease.

Allen now travels the country putting on shows to help local advocates, supporters and families raise money to help find a cure. He will be at “Thirsty for a Cure” at Thirsty Cowboy in Medina, on Thursday, February 2nd to perform and talk about his journey with his mother.

The event will also include a buffet style dinner, 50/50 drawings, raffle baskets & silent auctions with all proceeds going to Alzheimers Association.

The benefit is hosted by Thirsty Cowboy and the Turner Family. The Turners have felt the pain of Alzheimers as their mother, Donna Tater is still fighting the disease she was diagnosed with in 2012.

The event is sponsored by Life Safety Systems, Hinckley Roofing, Sandridge Food Corp, FLOORZ, Armada Risk Partners, Magic City Water Proofing, Tres Chic Macarons, Medina Auto Mall and Cleveland Country Magazine.

For more information on “Thirsty for a Cure” and tickets to the benefit, go to: Thirsty for a Cure Facebook event page.

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