How to Raise Money for Alzheimer’s Research (and Why Your Involvement Matters)

Over 5 million Americans currently live with Alzheimer’s disease. The incurable condition affects not only those diagnosed, but also their loved ones and friends. Caregivers are forced to watch the disease run its course gradually and drastically: It’s a memory they’ll carry with them for years to come.

There are days you might feel as though there’s nothing you can do to help. But even if you know or are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, it’s not too late to make a difference.

If you know someone who has or is currently living with Alzheimer’s — and/or you just want to support the cause — there’s a lot you can do to contribute to ongoing research efforts. Here are a few suggestions.

Participate in a fundraising walk

Possibly one of the easiest ways to get involved in raising money for Alzheimer’s research efforts is to join a local fundraising walk.

If there aren’t any walks in your area, you can also participate in a running or cycling challenge. People can donate to your efforts, and you can donate the proceeds to the Alzheimer’s or dementia organization of your choosing.

Host your own fundraising event

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If you’re into event planning — as a job or as a hobby — you’re the perfect person to plan and host a fundraising event near you. Recruiting volunteers and getting the word out is a lot of work, but if you involve your local community, how much you can raise in a single evening might surprise you.

Start by choosing which organization you want to support. Decide the kind of event you want to host, set a budget, and have fun!

Tell your story

Most people are much more inclined to donate to an organization or cause when there’s a personal story attached to a call-to-action. You don’t have to work or even volunteer with an official organization to spread the word about Alzheimer’s disease and the research efforts trying to combat it.

If you can speak to the effects of Alzheimer’s from a personal perspective, telling your story could motivate friends, family, and even total strangers to make donations.

Even small donations matter

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Once a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or any other form of dementia, they could live 10 years with the disease or as few as one. Though scientists are trying to develop treatments and raise awareness of preventative strategies, there’s still no cure.

That’s why research — and every dollar donated on behalf of the cause — is so important. Studies conducted in mice are only preliminary. Research on human participants gives doctors and other professionals the best possible understanding of how certain treatments, habits, and more affect people, not animals, in the long-term.

Right now, there’s no guaranteed way to prevent someone from getting the disease. And once you have it, there’s no known method to eliminate it. But that could change one day. Millions of lives could not only be spared, but also extended and enjoyed.

Whether you start your own fundraiser or donate a small amount to an Alzheimer’s organization yourself, your involvement can and will make a difference. Every new discovery is a step closer to a cure.

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