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To the editor:
I am current junior at Westlake High School and Senior Girl Scout member of Troop 2271. I am currently trying to complete my Gold Award project. The Gold Award in Girl Scouts is the highest and most prestigious achievement in Girl Scouting. It challenges girls, like me, to make a change in the world.
I have chosen my Gold Award project to be based on the disease of Alzheimer’s. My choice in doing this project is in honor of my grandfather who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's four years ago. Alzheimer’s is a disease that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. People with Alzheimer’s may wander and are not able to do anything for themselves. They require 24 hour supervision by a caregiver.
As part of my Gold Award project, I will be creating crafts, activities and exercises for a local not for profit Alzheimer’s adult daycare program named Morningside House Nursing Home Adult Day Care Program. The primary purpose is to encourage memories, help them socialize, have fun and share the experiences on different topics.
I will be raising the needed funds to purchase these supplies by conducting bake sales held at the high school. Another way I will be fundraising is by organizing an Alzheimer’s Awareness Walk to be held at Westlake High School on June 9, 2013, from 10am - 1pm. All are welcome to attend. Please come and support this extraordinary event!
If you are unable to attend the walk and would like to make a donation, please make checks payable to GSHH. Please mail your donations to: AnnaMarie Nardone, 980 Broadway, Suite 634, Thornwood, N.Y. 10594.
AnnaMaria Nardone Thornwood