Today, Jennifer shares a cause that is near and dear to her heart:
“In 1992 I lost my grandfather to Alzheimer's disease. Since that time I've volunteered for the MA/NH Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association and walked in the Memory Walk to help raise money and awareness for this disease. It's a great event for a great cause (and a lovely stroller-friendly walk around the Charles River). Walks are being coordinated across the country; locally, walks will take place in Cambridge, Gardner, Walpole, and Westfield this weekend, and in Andover and Plymouth the following weekend.
I joined in the fight for sad reasons, but it is with great hope and a sense of accomplishment that I continue to support it. In the 8 years I've been a volunteer I've seen the amazing strides they've made for Alzheimer's patients, for their caregivers and families, and great progress in research...not to mention the dedicated staff and my co-volunteers that I've met along the way.
But there still is so much more to be done. Please consider walking this weekend, getting involved, or making a donation, no matter how big or small. It all makes a difference!
Consider these donation amounts and the statistics they represent:
$5.30 for the 5.3 million Americans with Alzheimer's.
$10 for their 10 million Alzheimer caregivers.
$35 for the 35 million people with Alzheimer's around the world.
$78 for the 78 million US baby boomers who will be impacted by Alzheimer's disease.
$148 for the $148 billion annual societal cost to our nation.
$428 for the meager $428 million dollars the US government invests in Alzheimer research as compared to $6 billion for cancer, $4 billion for heart disease, and $3 billion HIV/AIDS.”