May 01, 2012
Charity of the Month for May 2012 – Alzheimer’s Association
EatSmart fans will select each Charity of the Month in 2012. Fans will submit short stories about the charity’s mission and why it’s meaningful to them. We began our Charity of the Month donations in 2011. For May 2012, loyal EatSmart Fan, Stephanie Martinez selected the Alzheimer’s Association. We will be donating 50 cents for every new Twitter Follower during the month of May. (So spread the word!) Read why Stephanie picked the Alzheimer’s Association: I chose the Alzheimer’s Association because my Great Grandmother was a victim of the cruel disease dementia and it is so important to me; my family has since become very adamant about supporting Dementia and Alzheimer research. It’s such a painful disease for the sufferer and their family, you lose your loved one long before they are physical gone. This isn’t just an elderly persons disease, it can happen to people in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s! There are no survivors of Dementia and Alzheimer, it’s an agonizingly slow process that takes away everything, from eating, talking, knowing where you live or knowing who your family is. One time when I was visiting with my Grandma, she had no idea who I was and thought my sister was me, it was so hard to watch her deteriorate and become another person. What the Alzheimer’s Association does is provide advancement through research and promote brain health. I love learning all of things we can control to help slow down or prevent the disease. They provide a hotline, message boards and local chapters to help you find the support you need. Plus, they advocate, reaching out to educate citizens and speak out so that Alzheimer/Dementia stays current and in the news. My husband, son and I will be walking September of this year to end Alzheimer’s in honor of Great Grandma and hope that this will encourage you to do the same! Please visit http://www.alz.org to get more information or to make a personal donation. Thank you so much EatSmart for letting me pick this months charity, I’m very honored! Stephanie is a toddler wrangling young mother and wife. She writes at Babe's Rockin' Mami and loves to be involved in her community helping others. If interested in submitting a charity for consideration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The donation amount will be capped at 500 new followers/likes.