Mila Maring-Sims

“I’m trying to keep this ship afloat. I’m trying not to lose hope,” are the opening lyrics to “Level Best,” a song co-written by Mila Maring-Sims, caregiver for her husband Kelley, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2014. “As members of several bluegrass bands, my husband and I have been a part of the acoustic music scene in Southern Illinois since the 1980s,” said Mila. “As his condition progressed, we felt compelled to record a sort of bucket list album together, celebrating the many fine people we have come to know as a result of our musical endeavors”—and to help support Alzheimer’s research. A portion of all proceeds from digital downloads of “Level Best” will go toward finding a cure. To download your copy, visit