January 18, 2016

Give Back: The Alzheimer's Association

As part of my Year of 52 and 12, every month I'm supporting organizations and causes that I believe in. I'm a firm believer in "putting my money where my mouth is." With such a highly connected world, it's so incredibly easy to ramble on and on about "the issues" on social media, but seldom do we do much more than talk about it. I'm tired of simply talking about it; I want to be about it. Every month, I want to share what I'm doing to "give back" as a way to encourage you to let your actions speak louder. Whether you choose to support the same cause as me or something entirely different, it is my hope that we all make this year the year that we did something good for the world in which we live.
It is my hope that we act.

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To start off my Year of Giving, I decided to give back to an organization that is fighting to eliminate a disease that claims hundreds of thousands of lives every year - Alzheimer's. "The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support, and research."

Vision: A world without Alzheimer's disease.

Mission: To eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

After graduating from college about a year and half ago, I made it a priority to find organizations I could wholeheartedly support and that I believed could lead to a better world. The elimination of Alzheimer's disease quickly made its way to the top of my priorities list, and I believe the Alzheimer's Association plays a huge role in the research that is needed to realize a world without this awful disease.

I believe in memories. I believe in thoughts and ideas. And I believe that as human beings, we all have a God-given right to have our memories and to live our lives in a manner that will create stories worth sharing when we're older. Alzheimer's and dementia rob people of these very things that I believe make life worth living. 

Just last month, the federal government made history by increasing funding for Alzheimer's research by $350 million. This is incredible news, and I feel it in my bones that massive breakthroughs in research are coming. Not only will a cure save taxpayers millions of dollars, but it will also save memories. It will save lives. I hope you'll join me in actively supporting the ultimate vision - a world without Alzheimer's.

To donate to the Alzheimer's Association, click here.

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