On Jan. 26-28, I was one of 1,300 volunteers from around the country to join the Alzheimer’s Association for its annual Community Leadership Summit in San Diego.
It was energizing to meet other volunteers and learn the various reasons and motivations that bring us together to actively support the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association. Throughout the conference, the Alzheimer’s Association emphasized the critical role volunteers play in the success in supporting the 180,000 individuals living with Alzheimer’s and their families here in North Carolina.
My role as a volunteer in the Sandhills area is as North Carolina committee member, “The Longest Day” host and top fundraiser, and my desire to tell my story to help all those caring for loved ones suffering from this disease.
This year’s gathering of community volunteers is important to me because I lost my grandfather on Nov. 6, 1998, my mom on May 7, 2017, and currently have an aunt battling the disease. The conference gave me a new perspective and appreciation for all the ways volunteers in North Carolina can support individuals and families impacted by Alzheimer’s.
As an Alzheimer’s Association volunteer, I look forward to doing my part, but more volunteers are needed. I invite other Sandhills residents to join me in fighting this devastating disease. Learn more at alz.org/volunteer.
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