BENEFITING: Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
Hello everyone! My name is Jennifer and I am a rising senior in High School. Nearly a decade ago, my grandma was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, which is a form of dementia. In addition, anxiety has always run in my family. As a result, I have always been interested in studying mental illness and neuroscience. Mental issues have always permeated my life. I currently assist research at a psychology lab at Columbia University and I took an advanced planent psychology class at my school. I know the difficulties that come along with receiving research grants. It is nearly impossible to get money for research efforts nowadays which limits a lot of researchers and eliminates a lot of opportunity for progression. It would be amazing to have the answers to some of the questions scientists have been hypothesizing for centuries. According to NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness), an astounding 18.5% of adults currently battle mental illness. Approximately 21.4% of youths have to face mental illness. This epidemic clearly impedes people's wellbeing. Alzheimer's stands alone as the only disease in the top ten leading causes of deaths that cannot be slowed, prevented, or cured. More than 5 million people in America have this disease and that is only rising. The only way to prevent this is research. Research is the only tangible way to progress in the treatment efforts. If scientists find the real cause, they can synthesize treatments that work. This will significantly augment the lives of many. Not only will research help the lives of those with dementia, but those with virtually any other mental disorder. Mental health holds a huge impact on our lives. We should be doing everything we can to help the effort to treat and battle it, just as we have with other physical health ailments. Though the brain is very complicated and abstract, I have been with renowned researchers with astonishing intellect. I believe that they can find the answers with the given help. So I ask you please to support the effort and contribute anything you can. You're helping scientists and you're helping a lot of people around you. Any amount of money will be fully donated to the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, which provides these research grants to researchers everywhere. If these grants are more easily accessible, answers will be found more quickly and efficiently. Perhaps, in this generation, treatments will be easily found. This is a collaborative effort. It takes the researcher, the foundation, and the benefactor to find the answers. Thank you very much!