In the midst of all the hustle and bustle of the end of the year work assignment, holiday preparation and family obligations, were you aware that November was National Caregivers Month? In 2013 President Barack Obama designated this month to honor and bring attention to the thousands of caregivers that go unrecognized. Caregiving can be one of the most difficult jobs for anyone with around-the-clock care, little rest, possible stressful emotional situations and oftentimes without any support or compensation. That’s not to say many of these caregivers are looking for a reward, but for many of them being a caregiver has come with unexpected changes that they handle with grace and selflessness. Even the most loving and patient caregiver will become tired and need to recharge in order to avoid emotional or psychological burnout as a result of stress and overwork.
Meet Chef Kelsee Major. Chef Kelsee has had a passion for cooking and the culinary field all her life. Kelsee can’t ever recall a time in her life were cooking was not a part of her dreams and experiences. Like many of us, Chef Kelsee had many interests and after high school went on to enter the workforce to ensure she was able to support herself financially. However, her passion for cooking remained strong and in 2009 she decided to follow that inner voice and went to culinary school. She has been a Chef for well over 10 years and is currently a cooking instructor and the owner of CK Spice Pickles LLC and she has been the primary caregiver for both her father and Uncle Dan, for over 3 and a half years. Chef Kelsee finds that although there is little support she has found her purpose and has grown closer to both her father and uncle in her care for them. She said that these last few years has allowed her father the time to see her passion for being a Chef and her dedication to being a business owner. So you would think that being a Chef, business owner and caregiver would be enough to keep her busy. But that is not the case. Chef Kelsee has championed the cause or brings awareness through fundraising for Alzheimer’s, a disease her uncle Dan suffers from. Uncle Dan has always been a source of love and support for her and she counts it an honor to be able to care for him now in the way he has always supported and cared for her. Chef Kelsee has organized an Alzheimer Walk a-thon that will take place on this Saturday, November 16th, 2019. The funds raised will go on to help fund research, caregivers and other supports for the millions of people like Uncle Dan who suffer from this disease. Want to join Chef Kelsee and Uncle Dan? You can do so by join Team Uncle Dan and walk this Saturday at Maurice Fair Park, 1075 Biscayne Blvd, Miami FL 33132. Not able to come out but want to still help you can do so by making a donation http://bit.ly/TeamUncDan