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Voluntary RE:action | Encore Spotlight: Cheryl Edwards-Canon
Featured on: Women’s Lifestyle - Sponsored by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation
Updated 05/04/2017

Taking Care of Miss Bee Bee may or may not ever become a best-seller, but for its author, the only thing that counts is that it was generated by an act of love.

“It honors the memory of my mother,” says Cheryl Edwards-Cannon, who spent a decade compiling anecdotes about the life, times and death of her mother Virginia, aka “Miss Bee Bee.”

Edwards-Cannon never intended to become an author. She earned a minor in journalism en route to a degree in secondary education from Central Michigan University in 1978. Later, she earned a master’s in management from Aquinas College.

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This Encore shares life lessons of caring for her Beloved Mother
Featured on: Encore - Powered by the Grand Rapids Foundation
Updated 12/13/2016

“Taking Care of Miss Bee Bee” may or may not ever become a best-seller, but for its author, the only thing that counts is that it was generated by an act of love.

“It honors the memory of my mother,” says Cheryl Edwards-Cannon, who has spent fully 10 years compiling anecdotes about the life and times – and gentle death – of her mother Virginia, a.k.a. “Miss Bee Bee.”

Cheryl never started out to become an author, even though she did earn a minor in journalism en route to a degree in secondary education from Central Michigan University in 1978. Later, she earned a master’s in management from Aquinas College…

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Rethinking Dementia
Aired on: The Life Channel, Date: 6/25 8pm & 6/28 10am (GVSU)
Panelists Include:
  • Cheryl Edwards-Cannon, CEO, Clear Path Choices
  • Mina Breuker, President, Holland Home
  • Joy Spahn, Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Association


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Clark Foundation Newsletter - “Meet Cheryl Edwards Cannon”
Updated 06/29/2015

By The Clark Foundation
Cheryl Edwards Cannon, Clark Foundation Board Trustee, knows exactly what it’s like to care for aging parents. “I chose Clark for my parents after doing a search of options in the local area,” she says. “It provided a residential and family atmosphere that echoed the lifestyle they enjoyed in their own home. When the time came to make the move, I did not have any doubts that this would be a good place for them.”

As the only family member in Michigan, Cheryl took her responsibilities seriously. “I wanted mom and dad to know that they did not have to worry. I would take care of everything.” That admirable sense of responsibility plunged her into the overwhelming world of insurance, finances, legal documents, and much more…

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Belmont woman to share memories, experiences of caring for mother with dementia
Updated 11/06/2014

By Heidi Fenton, MLIVE
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Cheryl Edwards-Cannon remembers her mother's diagnosis of dementia like it was yesterday.

Virginia Edwards, now 87, had fallen and things didn't seem right. A closer look by doctors led to the diagnosis about 15 years ago. There were so many questions, so much uncertainty.

What did this mean for Edwards-Cannon's mother, Virginia? For her family? What did it mean for her father, Alfred Edwards, now 89, with whom Virginia had built a decades-long marriage and a home? What care would Virginia need? And what about the costs, the living arrangements?

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Panel highlights difficult choices in facing retirement
Retreat provides advice for women
4/27/2014

By Mike Sigov, THE BLADE
A Grand Rapids, Mich. author, Cheryl Edwards-Cannon, urged a group of women in central Toledo on Saturday to plan for retirement and gave them advice on how to do that.

“Our lives turn upside down in a second,” Cheryl Edwards-Cannon said. “It may be loss of a job. It may be loss of a loved one. It may be loss of your own health … Women traditionally are planners … The earlier you go into your planning, the better shape you and your loved ones will be in.” 

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias: 101 Stories of Caregiving, Coping, and Compassion
4/22/14

"A Mother's Help"
Authored by: Cheryl Edwards-Cannon, CEO Clear Path Choices

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia? You are not alone. With 101 encouraging and inspiring stories by others like you, this book is a source of support and encouragement throughout your caregiving journey.

Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia affect millions of people, and this book is especially for caregivers. This collection, a joint project with the Alzheimer’s Association, is filled with 101 stories of love and lessons from others like you, will support and encourage you as you care for your loved one.

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Memory lapse or Alzheimer’s – Multi-tasking fuels forgetting
Updated 8/12/2010

By Sharon Jayson, USA TODAY 
SAN DIEGO — Those twinges of forgetfulness that appear to be getting more pronounced may worry you. After all, the statistics are scary: Every 70 seconds, someone in the USA develops Alzheimer’s. But every lapse isn’t a signal that your memory is kaput.
Cheryl Edwards-Cannon says she relies on Post-it notes and spiral notebooks to help her remember, since she’s multitasking “the majority of the time.”

Edwards-Cannon, of Belmont, Mich., is married and works for a company that manages charter schools. She travels 10 to 15 days a month. She also oversees care of her father, who is in assisted-living, and her mother, who suffers from dementia and requires a different place, four miles from her father’s.

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