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• Publix Super Markets announced that Carol Jenkins Barnett, daughter of Publix founder George Jenkins, is stepping down from the company's board of directors. Barnett, 59, has been diagnosed with younger onset Alzheimer's.

She reportedly will remain on the board and serve as president of Publix Super Markets Charities.

In a statement, she said that "in sharing our journey, we hope to provide greater awareness and education of Alzheimer's disease that affects more than 5.4 million Americans. We remain strong and hopeful that a cure will be on the horizon. We are grateful for the many thoughts and prayers. We know you will understand our request for privacy as there is much for our family to process and to learn about the challenges before us."
KC's View:
It probably would've been easier just to slip off and not say anything except to family, but that's not what leaders do. Those of us who have had family members afflicted with Alzheimer's and dementia know how tough a road it can be, and I cannot even imagine facing this sort of news at age 59. I wish her and her family all the best ... they will remain in my thoughts.