Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Imagine a World Without Alzheimer's

With lots of prayer, one day, we won't just imagine a world without Alzheimer's, there will be a world without Alzheimer's....

By Jacee


My name is Jacee, and Alzheimer's has had a huge impact on my young life.

My grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer's when I was around seven or eight. When he was first diagnosed, I didn't really know anything about Alzheimer's; and, neither did my family.

As the years have gone by, I have became more active in my community and school. This year was the turning point, I learned about the Alzheimer's Memory Walk.

Starting out, all I knew was you had to walk and you could raise money. I wanted to raise the money. My Grandfather's memories mattered to me.

Back in September of 2010, I began my journey. My Grandfather knew many people, so it wasn't hard to get started. However, after a few weeks it was getting harder to get the word out. By then, I had already raised at least one thousand dollars.

It was at that time that I began telling kids at school. For the next few weeks students sent money to me. The adults were very generous, but it was the students who opened my eyes. I thought, if those few students who brought donations could help, imagine if I had started earlier.

I did not realize that my fellow friends would get that involved to help me. I later attended an award luncheon and received top youth fundraiser in my district.

This year, I can only imagine it will be bigger and better.

With lots of prayer, one day, we won't just imagine a world without Alzheimer's, there will be a world without Alzheimer's.





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