We congratulate our 2010 AFA Teens Video Competition winner, Margaret Yan, and both of our first runners-up, Samantha DeMaria and Melissa Phillips, for their very deserving success.
Winner: Margaret Yan, Orlando, FL
“The Picture Book” -- Watch video
Margaret Yan’s thoughts behind her video:
"Alzheimer's disease impacts everyone, not only the one diagnosed with the disease. In the video, I was trying to symbolically capture the hopelessness that a family member or a friend might feel once losing their loved ones to Alzheimer's. Personally, my experiences and memories are very important to me and I would be devastated if I was losing these memories one at a time. It is like losing the pages to a picture book ; the story would never be complete .
“This year my grandmother will be 77 years old. It has been five years since she was first diagnosed. Last summer my mother and I went back to Taiwan from Florida to see her wheelchair bound and incapable of living her daily life without a caretaker. I was most moved by my mother, who was reduced to sobs and tears. My mother had not seen her own mother in seven years and now she had completely lost her to a disease.
“But what happens to the memories of my grandmother, scattered and lost? Even though Alzheimer's might take my grandmother from me, the people who lived, smile, and cried with her will hold onto her memories."
Runner-Up: Samantha DeMaria, Carmel, IN
“Moments of Life” -- Watch video
Samantha DeMaria’s thoughts behind her video:
“I want people to cherish the moments they've had with their loved ones. I had a revelation of sorts as I was compiling memories captured on film for this video. Looking at the happy moments I've shared with friends and family has made me realize how precious life is, and that nothing should be taken for granted.”
Runner-Up: Melissa Phillips, Salisbury, NC
“Twilight of the Mind” -- Watch video
Melissa Phillips’ thoughts behind her video:
“The message I was trying to convey was that Alzheimer’s disease isn't something to be taken lightly. It makes people lose their relatives long before they physically lose them, and it can be painful. I want people to know that it's not some a simple issue.
“A lot of people I know consider it ‘humorous ’ because all they know of it is that it causes slight memory lapses in some, but in reality it can cause individuals to forget entire portions of their lives, family and eventually become violent. Basically, it's no laughing matter, and that's what I'd like people to take from this.”