In a neighborhood of new construction in Monument sits a brand new home built on a foundation of love. “She was a listener, but she also had an infectious laugh,” Randy Rush said. Rush’s wife, Tami Rush, started having problems with her brain functions in 2010.
Alzheimer’s Association Regional Director Jody Barker and 400 family members, caregivers, sponsors and friends had a Reason to Hope for the day there is a first ALZ survivor. That was the special theme of the annual purple fundraising luncheon April 2 at The Antlers.
“There are several messages here … the biggest one for me is the lesson that every life, no matter how damaged, seemingly insignificant or lost, has value.” Thus sayeth Monument resident and Integrity Bank & Trust co-founder Randy Rush of his wife’s 11-year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease, a journey chronicled in the just-published “Loving Tami ― No Regrets.”
Randy’s 187-page walk through the crucible with Tami, produced with the indispensable help of Randy’s co-writer (and bridge buddy) Frances T. Pilch, is available via Amazon, Kindle, and Randy’s website, randyrush.net.
Every Sunday, Randy Rush helped his wife, Tami, into their RAV-4. They’d drive away from the memory care center where Tami lived and where the staff would dress Tami up for her date night. And every Sunday, the couple would find a new pizza place in Colorado Springs.
Randy started the tradition in 2017. He wanted to give Tami a high quality of life and show the world that you don’t hide Alzheimer’s patients. He first noticed changes in 2009. At first, Tami was unusually irritable about her job as a registrar at Mountain Ridge Middle School. Then she started forgetting why she came into rooms. She’d handled the family’s finances since their marriage in 1994, but now she struggled to keep up.
At 49, Tami was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.