Billings woman speaks about her father's battle with Alzheimer's Disease

Jack Thomas is a pillar of the Billings community. Now fighting Alzheimer's Disease, his daughter, Susie Cranston wants to share their story. 

"If they saw him today they would say he's Jack Thomas because he's just everybody's friend. He acts just the same except his mind isn't there," said Cranston.

Thomas was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in July 2013 after taking a fall in his Alzheimer's event. he was an attorney as a senior partner at Crowley Fleck for 57 years. 

"He was brilliant and met so much to us and friendly and there's just so much to talk about him. He's our inspiration, he's our hero," said Cranston. 

Thomas was recently moved into memory care by his family after living in the same house on Clark Ave. for 64 years. 

"It's devastating my mom and my mom married for 64 years and up until a year ago never lived alone so and my brothers and sisters I'm lucky cus I get to see him, but my brothers and sisters and grand kids they don't all the time so it's hard," said Cranston. 

Susie Cranston is driven to raise awareness to help find their first "white flower." A symbol for the first Alzheimer's survivor to come. 

"If I can get it to where somebody doesn't have to suffer and walk where we are walking then that's what I like to see happen. I want to see that white flower come into play for Alzheimer's. I want us to have that white flower so that we can have a survival lap," said Cranston. 

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