There are sometimes things just happen. You get inspired by a small act. You change your plans. You make an extra stop in your day. Well, that happened to me yesterday. If you have been following my blog over the last couple of years, you know that I have a Comments for a Cause program on my blog and that I announce the new monthly cause on the 1st of each month. I know some people specifically check each month on the 1st to see what the new cause is and yesterday I didn't post anything. I had plans to support our community's VBS mission project originally, which still might happen sometime down the road, but my plans changed by stopping at a young man's lemonade stand yesterday. After talking to him I got inspired and decided I had to change my plans.
Make-A-Wish Kansas City chapter. Last month I had 79 comments creating a $39.50 donation. Thank you for helping me support an organization that meant so much to my cousin Jake, who we scattered his ashes in Alaska because of his wish earlier this month.
Alzheimer's Association. He contacted the organization and got some pamphlets and other support materials to pass out and decorate his lemonade stand with. I was impressed with his passion and creativity so much that I decided I wanted to continue his efforts by supporting the Alzheimer's Association this month by making a $0.50 donation for every comment on my blog to a cause and passion I was made better aware of from simply visiting a lemonade stand.
I learned a lot from this young man. Alzheimer's is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms develop slowly and increase in severity over time, enough to interfere with daily tasks. There are over 5 million American living with Alzheimer's today and it is estimated that 1 in 3 seniors dies with dementia, which Alzheimer's is the most common. The number of affected people is expected to double by 2030 and triple by 2050. This young man stressed how the disease is growing, but there is still no medicine or help to slow, cure or prevent the disease.
So help me spread this young man's lemonade stand Alzheimer's awareness by sharing your experiences with Alzheimer's or dementia in the comment section below. Because remember, Comment for a Cause!
Aww I'm so so touched by this young mans passion! Our family is supporting my husbands grandfather as he goes through the trials of this horrible disease. Thank you for your support! Awareness goes a long ways too!ReplyDelete
Thoughts and prayers to your husband's grandfather. Thanks for commenting Alicia!Delete
Thanks for the great cause! Both my grandma's and their moms have/had Alzheimer's so I'm afraid I'm destined unless we find a cure!ReplyDelete
Is it hereditary? With so many people affected by it I'm surprised that there hasn't been advances in a cure, prevention, help, etc.Delete
What a great cause! That is the sweetest lemonade stand too. How sweet that he would get all of the handouts about the disease for his lemonade stand. Kudos all the way around!ReplyDelete
I really appreciated the amount of effort he put into his lemonade stand. He impressed me!Delete
What a fabulous cause this month, as always! I love how he really was excited about doing something to help make a difference and I doubt there are many people who have not been touched by this horrible disease in some way or another. Thanks for highlighting it and for taking that extra lap around the block to stop at his stand. :-)ReplyDelete
I'm happy I took the extra lap around the block too! :)Delete
What a neat young man! That's awesome.ReplyDelete
I was very proud and impressed by him.Delete
Such a neat story! I love the cause too as we have had family members with this terrible disease!ReplyDelete
Thanks Katy! Prayers to your family. It is a hard disease to understand and be prepared for.Delete
Such an outstanding young man, he's on a great mission to educate and raise awareness! Very cool Val, your Comments for a Cause posts are some of my favorite blog posts out there, anywhere. Love what you are doing, send my highest regards to this great kid, I'm so impressed and will be thinking of his family. XOXOReplyDelete
Thanks Cristen! And thanks for sharing too!Delete
What an amazing thing he's doing...as are you. Aren't you glad you made the extra trip around the block?ReplyDelete
This is just so cool! What an incredible young man to be thinking about and serving others like this. Thanks for highlighting this.ReplyDelete
He's definitely an inspiration; I'm glad you stopped.ReplyDelete
Val, you continue to inspire me and others! I always look forward to reading your blog and seeing how you are truly "Blooming where you are planted!" Alzheimer's has been a part of my family's life for the past 20+ years and affects everyone in the family - the afflicted, the family, the friends, and the many caregivers. Thank you for making a difference in the life of others.ReplyDelete
Thanks Cathy! I thought of your family a lot when I learned about Alzheimer's this month.Delete