Alzheimer’s not bringing mayor down

Mayor Harry Hallman of Mount Pleasant, recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, plans to serve the remainder of his term through November 2009.

His disease is not yet debilitating, so he sees no need to end his term prematurely.

The Post and Courier reports:
Hallman said that he didn't allow his Alzheimer's diagnosis nine months ago to knock him down mentally. He is positive and upbeat about the future, which includes spending time with his wife of 52 years, Brooke Hallman, and their six grandchildren.

The HBO network proposed to document his behavior over a period of time, but Hallman expressed that he did not want his deterioration to be exploited. Instead, he plans to be proactive in the search for a cure. He is volunteering with Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer's Purple Ribbon Alzheimer's Task Force.

Assisted by his respected position and his fundraising skills, Hallman’s goal is to fight this distressing disease while promoting awareness.

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