Sandy, 75, is a clever and kind woman who lives at Clare Bridge of Portage, a Brookdale community in Michigan. Sandy loves writing, editing, and politics. Though all have been life-long passions of hers, she’s never been able to bring the three together. Sandy was a dedicated wife and mother but she also loved her job. She worked for many years in Public Relations at George Washington University. It was here that her love of writing and editing really took hold. Even today, Sandy considers herself an editor’ she can’t help but correct people’s spelling and grammar, but she always apologizes saying it’s the editor in her. Her Wish of a Lifetime was to finally connect her three loves by spending a day experiencing what it is like to be a Washington correspondent.
On October 31st, 2013, Wish of a Lifetime and Brookdale granted Sandy’s wish when she got the opportunity to sit down with Congressman Fred Upton and conduct a formal interview at the offices of the Kalamazoo Gazette. Sandy’s morning started with a tour of the newspaper offices where she was given an official reporter’s notepad. Then she met Rep. Upton and conducted her own interview. Although Sandy is affected by dementia, once she started her interview she stepped into her element as a writer and asked great questions and held a meaningful conversation with Rep. Upton. Now, Sandy is working on writing her own article about her time with the congressman in the hopes that it will be published in the Kalamazoo Gazette! This amazing experience was made possible for Sandy with the generous help of Rick, Program Coordinator at Clare Bridge, Linda, Community Engagement Specialist at the Kalamazoo Gazette, Emily of Faithful Photography, and of course, Rep. Upton and his team.