Country star Jay Allen turned the pain of watching one’s loved ones lose their memories due to Alzheimer’s disease into a beautiful song, and played it on stage for his mother.
While singing at the Dubuque County Fair, Allen surprised the fans by inviting his mother, Sherry Rich, who is living with Alzheimer’s, on to the stage.
A video of Allen’s tear-jerker performance was uploaded to Facebook, which shows the loving son hugging his mother and smiling before singing Blank Stares in his soulful voice.
According to Shared, Allen revealed during the launch of the single that his 54-year-old mother is at the final stages and doesn’t have long to live.
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Dedicated to his mother’s fading memories, the song’s beautiful lyrics say, ‘I know you’re still there, deep down somewhere. I swear I still see you, between the blank stares.’
Meanwhile, the song is also all set to make a positive impact in the lives of Alzheimer’s patient as iTunes proceeds from the song goes to Abe’s Garden, a Nashville, Tennessee based memory care center.
Allen also admitted that it is his desire to inspire his fans through his songs to support the search for a cure for Alzheimer’s.
"My prayer is that this song becomes a mighty tool that ultimately helps end this nightmare disease,” he further explained in the statement.
The emotional video on Facebook was posted by Lori Richard-Dittmer, who was one of the fans among the crowd of people enjoying the show.
The video has so far gathered over 1.2 million views and has been shared more than 5,000 times, making it go viral on social media.
Comments received on the video have mostly appreciated Allen’s thoughtfulness for bringing his mother up on the stage and singing words that truly reflect her condition.
Alzheimer’s Association shares that the disease is one of the most heartbreaking conditions imaginable for the victim as well as the loved ones of the victims. Currently, there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s.