Please help me make a difference to Vermonters with Alzheimers
This is the thirty first year of the Camel's Hump Challenge which is a fund-raiser for the Vermont Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. I've been involved from the start, at first for a love of skiing in the back country and later, as a way to honor my parents, one a victim of Alzheimer's Disease and the other, a care giver.
The purpose of this annual effort is to raise money for community education and support programs within Vermont and research sponsored at the national level. 11% of our Vermont seniors have Alzheimer's; the effects reach deep into our communities and culture. Throughout Vermont, programs are held to assist the estimated 12,000 Vermonters afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease and to provide support to their families and caregivers.
In addition to the individual human tragedy this disease represents, it is my feeling that Alzheimer's deprives us all of so much that our elders might otherwise offer.
This year I ask you to join me in the hope that there will be a day that is free of Alzheimer's and to support my belief that in the meantime there is much that can be done to help Vermont families cope with the disease.