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Our family was forever changed when our mother, Sherry Wright, began to show alarming signs in February 2014. Those signs led to many doctors appointments, many questions, and eventually a diagnosis of Behavioral Variant Frontotemporal Dementia (bvFTD) in March 2015. At the young age of 51, our mother began to lose her independence and identity to this devastating disease.
FTD is one of many types of dementia, of which Alzheimer's disease is the most common. Regardless of the type, dementia causes a variety of symptoms that interfere with a person's daily function. An individual affected by dementia can experience impairments in cognition, behavior/personality, mood, speech, and muscular function. As these impairments grow increasingly severe, individuals with dementia often require around-the-clock care.
Our mother has always had a heart to care for others, especially in the medical field. She worked as a CNA for many years, over the course of which she took care of many patients with dementia. She enjoyed this line of work as it has always been in her nature to care for others.
She also cares very much for her family. As a loving mother, she was one of our greatest supporters over the years. From attending PTA meetings, to running down the first base fence line whenever Mike hit the ball, to influencing our career choices, she always provided an immense amount of support. She encouraged us to work hard at whatever we set our minds to do. For Tiffany, this was continuing her mother’s legacy by caring for others through her work as an occupational therapist assistant. For Mike, this was baseball.
Baseball has always been a part of the Wright family. It all started in the backyard where we used to play baseball together as youngsters. One day, Mike decided that he wanted to become a major league baseball player. From this point forward, our mother cheered him on each step of the way as he worked towards achieving this dream. Around the time of her diagnosis, our mother began experiencing difficulty following the game. Now, she does not even recognize when Mike is on the field and often cheers at inappropriate times.
We have cared for our mother over the past three years, and we have watched her face additional challenges each passing week. It is heartbreaking to watch a loved one, who was once so independent, grow to require help with a task as simple as using a fork to eat. In the midst of all the trials, we do our best to love her through it and to enjoy the precious moments we share together, even if not with the mama we've always known.
In honor of our CARING mother, Sherry, we decided to use her story and our trials for the good of others. It is her inspiration that has driven us to establish the Wright State of Mind nonprofit organization. There is a huge need for dementia research used to develop potential treatment options and to discover a CURE for such a devastating disease. There is also a huge need for resources for those affected by dementia, as well as their caregivers. We believe that Wright State of Mind can help see to it that these needs are met.
We hope that you will join us in this journey to find a cure for dementia because TOGETHER we can make a difference!
Tiffany & Mike Wright
My name is Jordan Mowatt and my fiancé is Chance Sisco. He is a catcher for the Baltimore Orioles. As all of you know, living this crazy baseball life brings us all kinds of different opportunities, amazing memories, rollercoaster rides of emotion and new faces to meet all along the way! We have made a ton of awesome friends on this journey together but one couple in particular that has truly become like family to us are our dear friends Mike and Madison Wright! I'm not quite sure where to even begin with these two. They are generous, kind, positive, hilarious (Mike is by far one of the funniest people you'll ever meet), & overall just incredible people that Chance and I have been blessed to call them close friends. Many of you may not know this but Mike’s mother was diagnosed with dementia in March 2015, and is only progressively getting worse. To watch the effects it has had on Mike, as well as Madison & their families, has been heart wrenching. To see how they handle it all while still being a bright light to others is truly incredible. Dementia does not yet have a cure, and leaves a TON of families in tough spots to care for their loved ones while not being able to cure them. Mike’s sister, Tiffany, serves as the primary caretaker for their mother while also working full-time and serving as the Executive Director for @WrightStateofMind. As someone who has a long history of dementia in my own family, witnessing Mike, Madison & Tiffany tirelessly fight to bring awareness to this tragic disease has made it the easiest decision Chance and I have ever made to jump on board and help in any way that we can with their nonprofit @WrightStateOfMind. We believe with our whole hearts in what the work they are doing through their organization. It is a privilege to be able to call them our friends and to help in any way that we can! Thank you Mike and Madison for always being a positive light to others and a true inspiration even through your toughest of times!
My name is Jill Davis. I am married to Chris Davis (Orioles). We have experienced our share of highs and lows in our baseball journey but our favorite memories are those we’ve made while supporting causes that are close to our hearts. One of which is the nonprofit organization that our friends, Mike and Madison Wright, have started to honor Mike’s Mom, Sherry, who suffers from dementia. Wright State of Mind is directed by Mike’s sister, Tiffany, who is Sherry’s primary caregiver. Together they are loving and encouraging families and caregivers affected by dementia. As well as raising funds for much needed research. Their story is an inspiration to us and a true testament to their faith. We are so grateful for the opportunity to support this great cause!
Graduated from East Carolina University with a B.S. in Family & Community Services in May 2008 and from Pitt Community College with a A.A.S. in Occupational Therapy Assistant in December 2012. Tiffany currently works fulltime in a Skilled Nursing Facility as a Licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA/L).
Attended East Carolina University from 2008-2011 where he studied Physical Education. Mike was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in June 2011 in the 3rd round (94th overall). Mike has played with the Orioles organization since being drafted and made his major league debut on May 17, 2015. Mike is a part of the Baltimore Orioles 25-man roster as a RHP.
Graduated from East Carolina University in 2015 with a dual-degree: Bachelors in Nutrition Science and Bachelors in Exercise Physiology. Graduated from the University of Florida where she completed the Masters of Nutrition Science-Dietetic Internship program in August 2017. Madison currently works to provide online personal training and dietary recommendations through Muscles by Madz!
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