We congratulate the winner of our 2011 AFA Teens Video Competition, Hannah Schwartz, and both of our first runners-up, Kaylin Saffe and Maila Tafua, for their very deserving success.
|Winner: Hannah Schwartz, Clarksville, TN
"His Love Stays the Same." -- Watch video
Hannah Schwartz’sthoughts behind her video:
"I wanted this video to portray the hope that a devoted caregiver can bring to a hopeless situation like Alzheimer’s disease. This disease has affected my whole family in different ways. We saw my great-grandmother slowly losing memories, her personality, and even words, but we also saw my great-grandfather showing enduring devotion as her caregiver. He carried all their memories.
“Though my great-grandmother passed away not too long after submitting this video, my great-grandfather was with her to the last. He is an amazing example of undying love and loyalty, and I am so excited to share his story with others."
|First Runner-Up: Kaylin Saffe, Miami, FL
“Stand Up” -- Watch video
Kaylin Saffe’s thoughts behind her video:
“I wanted the audience to understand the whirlwind of emotions – despair, distress – that comes from finding out someone you love and admire is diagnosed with a serious disease. Instead of concentrating on the sadness, I made it a point to leave the viewer with a sense of hope and inspiration to stand up and do something about it.
“By watching my video, ‘Stand Up,’ my hope is that the public is more aware about this crippling disease that affects people around the world. With an increased awareness, I hope society focuses on putting more money into research that could finally find a cure to help those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, as well as those who have to watch their loved ones slowly fade away.”
|First Runner-Up: Maila Tafua,
“I Can Remember Him” -- Watch video
Maila Tafua’s thoughts behind her video:
“Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t only affect the brain, it affects memory, body and capability to move. In my video, I was trying to portray objects/places that we connect memories of our loved ones, when they were able. We can remember who they were as people before the disease. In my life, my grandfather loved the beach. He would take us there almost every day. When he started to lose his abilities, he was unable to go himself. I sensed that the ocean was where his heart was.
“Recently, we celebrated the third year since he passed. We saw him lose his ability to speak, move and walk. It broke my heart to constantly have to ask him, ‘Do you know who I am?’ When I would feed him, we would watch the surfing channel, I would see this look in his eyes and I could just feel that he missed that. I know that he cannot connect to me, but when I go to the beach I can feel his love with me.
‘Even if this illness took his memory away from him, it didn't take the memory of him away from me. ”