Category Archives: Client Spotlights

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Happy Birthday to a L&A Star!

Jason Hillner, Mrs. Gagne, and Gail Lindsey

We recently had the great pleasure of celebrating the 95th birthday of our client, Harriet “Pat” Gagne. Pat is an inspiration to all who wish to age with dignity and grace. Being witness to a near-centegenarian with a strong voice and quick wit is an inspiration to all. We enjoyed watching her blue eyes sparkle as she shared with us some of the stories of her life with her husband and children.

Pat lives at the independent Alexian Brothers community on Signal Mountain with her adopted cat, “Meow”. We have been pleased to call her a client for over a decade, and she cannot say enough about the comfort and peace of mind she receives knowing that she can maintain choice and independence should when her health declines. We look forward to celebrating her 100th birthday soon!

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L&A Recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Jason Hillner, CLTC with his mom, Susan, and wife, Jennifer Van Kirk, in Pacific Beach, CA, January 2009.
Jason Hillner, CLTC, with mom, Susan, and wife, Jennifer Van Kirk, in Pacific Beach, CA, January 2009.

Like so many diseases, breast cancer is a malady that most families never expect to encounter until they suddenly meet it face-to-face.  Such was the case for my family when my mom, Susan, was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcnoma in October, 2007.  While the shock to our family was tempered by both an excellent prognosis and my mother’s ever-positive outlook, one is never prepared to hear that a loved one is living with “The Big ‘C'”.  We are fortunate to have the life-saving technology that enables women like my mother to place cancer where it belongs – life’s rearview mirror.  My family, and the Lindsey and Associates family, salutes the millions of women around the world affected by breast cancer, their families, and the valiant men and women who treat them.

-Jason L. Hillner, CLTC

In Loving Memory – Mary Holcomb

Mary Holcomb (R) accepts a service award from Contact of Chattanooga for volunteerism

Mary Holcomb (R) accepts a service award from Contact of Chattanooga for volunteerism

Many of you remember Mary Holcomb from her appearance in our Fall 2007 newsletter, describing her valiant struggle with Parkinson’s disease.

We are saddened to report that Mary passed away this past weekend.  We had come to know her well over the years for her poetry, her friendship and her willingness to help us in our advocacy of long term care planning.

Often times, we hear of someone “losing their battle” with a disease upon their passing. We like to think that Mary won her battle. As she stated in our newsletter, “I try to focus on being positive, not dwelling on problems and being grateful for the gifts I have. My poems are meant to encourage others to do the same.”  Mary has achieved her goal of showing grace and strength in the face of adversity, an achievement that flew in the face of her condition.  Well done, Mary Holcomb.

-Gail R. Lindsey, M.S., CLTC