Military Spouse Magazine

DEC 2018

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When Dave's health problems began, Ali's apparel company, Wear Your Spirit Warehouse, was just beginning to grow. The company provided T-shirts and uni- forms to many of the local schools and businesses. Her lease was due to expire at the same time that Dave had his initial seizure, so Ali opted to move the business into her basement so that she could remain close to Dave. Ali kept one loyal friend and fellow military spouse, Kitty Berry, as her only employee and reduced the number of jobs that she accepted. "Maintaining the business made me get out of bed every morn- ing, and provided me with a purpose to move through my grief," says Ali. Since her husband's death, Ali has moved her business back into com- mercial space and has added many employees, including military spouses. Currently the business has grown more than 60 percent in the last 18 months. In April 2018, Ali moved the business into a new 4,000 square-foot facility that is three times the size of the space they moved into in April 2017. She has expanded the business beyond schools and businesses and is now working with nonprofits, first responders, and military units around the world. SAYING GOODBYE Their close community of Calvert County, Md., rallied around the Banholzer family. Dave's oldest daughter wished for her dad to see her cheer with the varsity team before he died. Although she was not on the varsity squad, the coach allowed her to cheer for one game. The all-volunteer fire department transported Dave from hospice to the Huntingtown High School football field to allow their daughter's dream to come true. There was not a dry eye in the stands as the band played the National Anthem followed by the Air Force Song. David Banholzer died less than one month later. In the time that has passed, the numb- ness is beginning to subside for the family, allowing humor and happiness to emerge along with the true emotions of grief. Ali and her two daughters are finding the "new normal." They are build- ing their lives around their many memories of Dave and allowing themselves to feel the joy of the life they are living. H FOCUSED ON THE FUTURE

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