Every 67 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's Disease. People often ask me what inspired my passion for Alzheimer's Disease Awareness. I've visited nursing homes since the age of seven, and my life was forever changed by witnessing the difference music made in the life of Alzheimer's patients. Memories are what help us get through daily life. Memories encourage, teach, and influence our lives. They help make us who we are. That is why I have chosen to advocate for Alzheimer's families over the last decade. Together, we can conquer this cowardly disease that takes away memories, dreams, and personality from over 5 million Americans today.
As Miss North Carolina 2017, I was honored to be the second in our eighty year legacy to advocate for Alzheimer's disease. During my year of service, I spoke with national, state, and local public officials about the importance of funding the important research happening right here in our state at UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Pembroke, and Duke University. My passion for music therapy was even published in PEOPLE Magazine online during Miss America. My greatest joy was listening to families across the nation and state share with me their personal stories. Those stories need to be shared. Together, we can #EndAlz! Now as the Walk Manager for the Eastern North Carolina Chapter in Fayetteville and Moore County, I've turned my passion into my career.
I need your support! Please join my team and/or make a donation to help the Alzheimer's Association advance research into methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer's. For the millions already affected by the disease, the Association offers care, education, support and resources in communities nationwide.
Thank you for joining the movement! The end of Alzheimer's disease starts with me and you.
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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