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Alumnus Encourages Caregivers

Belmont alumnus Peter W. Rosenberger is the president of Nashville-based Standing With Hope, an evangelical prosthetic limb outreach to West Africa. Rosenberger recently partnered with comedian Jeff Foxworthy to film a video sponsored by AARP to offer a little humor as well as support to the more than 65 million Americans serving as caregivers.

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“Clowning around one day while speaking about the subject of caregivers, I did my best Jeff Foxworthy imitation and delivered a one-liner of, ‘If you have a professional carpet cleaner on retainer—you might be a caregiver’,” Rosenberger said.

As the sole caregiver for his wife, Gracie Parker Rosenberger, who experienced a horrific accident her freshman year at Belmont in 1983, Peter Rosenberger has helped lead his family through decades of medical complications including 78 surgeries, multiple amputations, 60 physicians, 12 hospitals, 7 insurance companies and $9 million in health care costs. He and Gracie have been married for more than 27 years, and they have two sons.

“Drawing upon AARP’s desire to offer practical help, encouragement, and community, we saw this as a real opportunity to reach out to hurting hearts during November’s National Caregiver Awareness Month,” Rosenberger said.

Rosenberger is also the author of Wear Comfortable Shoes- Surviving and Thriving as a Caregiver, and he contributes a monthly blog to the AARP website.