Lewy Body Dementia Association announces Volunteers of the Year

Atlanta, GA, Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - The Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA) is pleased to announce the four recipients of the 2016 Dorothy Mangurian Volunteers of the Year Award. The volunteers are individuals that have dedicated their time to LBDA's mission in supporting those with Lewy body dementias (LBD).

LBDA is honored to have the support of these four individuals who give of themselves to raise awareness, provide support to caregivers and those with the disease, and serve on committees within the organization.

The recipients of this prestigious award are:

Thomas Clark is a support group facilitator and Lewy Buddy (Lewy Buddies provide support to caregivers and those with LBD through the LBDA Caregiver Link). He facilitates two groups in the Austin, TX area, and presents materials on LBD at conferences and events as an advocate. Without his determination and involvement, the Texas support group network would not be as extensive as it is today.

Rosemary Dawson is a loyal LBD advocate and Lewy Buddy. She serves as a member on LBDA's Volunteer Program Services Committee, and takes personal initiative to advocate for awareness of LBD. In addition, she moderates the LBD Caring Spouses Yahoo group, and connects caregivers to the resources they need.

Katherine Fowler is a long-time support group facilitator and caregiver to her husband who lives with LBD. She guides a strong group of individuals who either have loved ones that currently live with LBD, or have experienced a loss of a loved one due to complications from LBD. She is also an active participant in awareness campaigns.

Paul Smith is a support group facilitator and Lewy Buddy. Paul facilitates an active support group in Illinois. He proved instrumental in expanding communications between LBDA, Lewy Buddies, and constituents while providing feedback on LBDA programs. He is a community activist and often lends his voice to interviews and articles on LBD.

The commitment and selflessness of these four individuals illustrate what it means to be a volunteer. They are deserving recipients of the 2016 Dorothy Mangurian Volunteers of the Year Award.    

About the Lewy Body Dementia Association:

The Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA) is the nation's leading authority on Lewy body dementias (LBD) and is dedicated to continuous outreach, education, research, and support for those affected with LBD and their families. LBD is a progressive brain disease that affects thinking, movement, behavior, and impacts 1.4 million people in the United States.