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!