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GOING VIRAL: Country singer hugs mom while singing in her honor at Dubuque County Fair

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Do you ever experience those moments that remind you how wonderful Iowa can be and how wonderful people from Iowa can be?

Lori Dittmer captured a beautiful moment like this at the Dubuque County Fair. 

Country singer Jay Allen is from the Cedar Falls area, and he studied at UNI. He wrote a song about his mom's battle with Alzheimer's disease. 

Click here if you would like to see the music video for 'Blank Stares.' It's a beautiful song that, sadly, many people in this world can relate to. 

At the Dubuque County Fair, Allen brought his mom, Sherry, up onto the stage. 

He hugged her as he sang the song in her honor. 

Lori Dittmer captured the moment, and it is going viral. Click here if you would like to see the full video. 


So many of us know a friend, a coworker, or even a family member who is battling Alzheimer's disease.

A country singer, who is originally from Iowa, shares the story of his mom's battle.

Jay Allen is an up-and- coming country star. He's from rural Stout, Iowa, which is about 30 minutes from Waterloo in Grundy County. 

Allen now lives in Nashville, but he shares the story behind his song, "Blank Stares." 

The song starts with a loving message his mom left him on the phone. In the message, you hear his mom's voice trail off as she forgets her train of thought. 

Allen says his mom, Sherry, is currently in the final stage of Alzheimer's disease. 

He says, "She can't do simple things like dress herself or put on her own makeup. Her vocabulary is limited." 

She is just 53 years old. 

Allen's lyrics describe the pain and helplessness he feels watching his mom lose her memories and her personality.

He says, "I feel like she's still there inside. It's almost like she's slipping away. It's almost like you want to reach in there and grab her but you can't." 

Allen's dad, Joe Rich, says the entire family is struggling with Sherry's battle. 

"It's not her. It's her body. It's her face. It's the same look in her eyes. But it's not there; I mean she's not there. I mean she is, she's gone," Rich says. 

 Allen says right now his family is struggling to care for his mom. He says there just isn't a lot of care out there for younger people diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and the care that is there, is expensive. 

If you would like to help this family, click here for the Gofundme Page. 

To see and listen to Allen's, "Blank Stares," click here. 

The Alzheimer's Association has been promoting Allen's song. He's been performing at events for them around the country. 

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