Man helps wife battle Alzheimer’s by selling her sculptures

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 24, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 24 at 7:44 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The husband of a bronze sculptor is traveling the country selling his wife’s larger than life animal pieces and recently made a stop in Whitman County. The sculptor has Alzheimer’s Disease and has lost all of her memory.

Dawn Weimer made the sculptures for years while her husband Tom managed the business. Dawn had to stop making the pieces of art seven years ago when Alzheimer’s took away her memory.

Before Dawn’s memory was taken by the disease, there was a time when she would forget about the sculptures until she got to her studio.

“I’d open the door, she’d open the door, she’d see the piece and she’d go right to work,” said Tom.

One of the last sculptures Dawn made created was a life-size cougar. Dawn’s sculptures are attracting universities all across the country. One of them is now at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. The sculptures are seven-feet tall and weigh more than 2,000 pounds.

The cost of the disease is adding up. Tom is now traveling to give people the chance to see the pieces in person.  As Tom travels to pay the bills and shows off his wife’s work, he is also offering an important lesson on love.

“If you’re married, love each other because you don’t know when all of a sudden something’s going to happen and you can’t communicate,” said Tom.

For more information on the sculptures click here or call 970-222-3994.

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