Optimist member, Irish Flynn, introduced his friend, author Betsy Jordan, who shared excerpts from her book, Going the Distance.  A book of love, struggles and laughter as she navigated her life as a care giver to her husband, Judge Peter Riddle.

Peter was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia a progressive neuro-degenerative disease.  Betsy said if not for family and friends who gave her breaks by caring for Pete…she might herself have not navigated this life experience so well.  As quoted on the back of her book, “….a love letter to my fellow caregivers.”

For many of the long time Optimists, Pete and Betsy are two of longest and devoted supporters of our Sports Fiesta events each year.  We thank Betsy for sharing her experiences so honestly with us.