Laurie Stokes-Bell, 1993, MMSW, LBSW, Social Work, is so dedicated to finding the answer to the devastating disease called Alzheimer’s that she has chaired the North Texas Walk to End Alzheimer’s to benefit the Alzheimer’s Foundation for the past two years. The most recent Walk was held September 22 in Denton. Laurie’s background of volunteerism began at TWU as an undergraduate student where she says that TWU’s School of Social Work provided a rich environment to explore and work to make a difference in the lives of others. “The rewards from my volunteerism have been innumerable. I continue to be blessed by the opportunity to serve several vulnerable populations,” says Laurie.
Laurie went on to earn a Masters degree in Social Work from UT- Arlington and is currently employed by Hospice Plus as a Hospice Consultant. In her caring manner Laurie notes that she is privileged to serve patients and their families at the end of their journey.
Regarding her volunteer role with Alzheimer’s Laurie told us, “I look forward to the day when this devastating disease is no more. As a social worker, I have watched individuals with Alzheimer’s struggle with the multiple losses they encounter throughout the disease process. The families of the Alzheimer’s victim are not immune to the ravages of the disease as they watch their loved one slowly disappear. It truly is the Long Goodbye.”
If you would like to support this cause, visit the Alzheimer’s Foundation or find a Walk to End Alzheimer’s near you.
The spirit of volunteerism and the opportunity to explore its rewards are still very much a part of the TWU culture. Just this past week the Office of Volunteer Services held its annual volunteer fair called “Find Your Fit.” Students were encouraged to visit various booths to learn about the possibilities. Interestingly, two of those booths, Peace Corps and Hearts for Homes, were manned by TWU alumnae.
Through Helping Hands, the largest student organization on campus, hundreds of TWU students sign up to serve the campus and the community. As alumni director at TWU I continue to be touched by the spirit of caring exhibited by both our graduates and our students!
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