BENEFITING: BIG D POWDERPUFF TACKLING ALZHEIMERS INC
ORGANIZER: BIG D POWDERPUFF TACKLING ALZHEIMERS INC
Welcome to my fundraising page! I am back for a third season coaching Team Blonde and am thrilled to be back in action.
BvB Dallas is an incredible organization full of outstanding individuals willing to dedicate themselves to a very meaningful cause. Week in and week out all summer long, players and coaches practice in the heat, organize and attend dozens of fundraisers, and do whatever it takes to spread the word about this organization and our dedication to the fight against Alzheimer's. The best part? Virtually all money raised goes directly towards fighting this disease. This year's money raised will go to funding (i) a postdoctoral fellowship in research and treatment of Alzheimer's at UT Southwestern Medical Center...this is the first of its kind in the country and is being funded 100% by BvB Dallas, (ii) a brain stimulation and advanced brain imaging study at the Center for Brain Health at UT Dallas, and (iii) the development of a blood/urine screen to detect vulnerability to Alzheimer's at the Baylor University AT&T Memory Center.
I coach in honor and loving memory of my Grandmother, Jean Whiting, better known as "Gram." Gram was diagnosed with Alzheimer's while I was in 7th grade and ended up living with my mom, my brother and me while I was in junior high and high school so we could care for her. Eventually she was moved to an assisted living facility where she passed away in March of 2002. The cruel irony of Gram's situation is that - prior to her diagnosis - she was the one person in our family that everyone leaned on...for support, for strength, for love, sometimes even for a needed kick in the butt. Watching her wither away to shell of her former self was truly heartbreaking.
Having witnessed first-hand how devastating this disease is to an individual and a family, I am extremely passionate about doing everything I can to help find a cure. Please consider a donation...$25 gets you a ticket to the game and after-party, but most importantly all money raised goes directly towards funding research to find a cure for this awful disease. I have set a lofty fundraising goal this year, but with your help I can achieve it. Every dollar counts! Join me in my fight, and together we can kick this thing.