Gem of the Day 5/30: Lemonade Day Check Given to Alzheimer's Association

Audrey Brewton, 7, made more than lemonade when she turned her “Lemonade Dreams” stand into a fund-raiser for the Alzheimer’s Association on May 6. The Pebble Creek Elementary second-grader donated 10 percent of her $240 earnings to help raise money for Alzheimer’s research, care and support.

“The Alzheimer’s Association is honored that such a young donor is eager to give her time and money to help fight Alzheimer’s disease,” said Kiri Cook, Regional Outreach Coordinator for the Association.

Brewton said she doesn't mind giving up a few things to help people who could benefit from her efforts.

“I will try to raise more money for the Walk by having a garage sale to get rid of some of my toys because I have too many,” said Brewton.

She knows the toll the disease has on affected individuals and their loved ones. While she is happy to donate part of her earnings, Brewton also hopes that giving back will help in the fight against the disease.

“Alzheimer's disease is a disease where you lose your memory and the person will tell you stuff over and over again,” she said. “When I give money to the [Alzheimer's Association], they give it to people who research about it and they tell the doctor so the doctors can figure out how to stop it.”

Brewton's donation is encouraging a new generation to care about the elderly while raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease.

“This is an amazing example of how children can help in the fight to end Alzheimer’s,” Cook said. “The passionate support that we are seeing now from younger individuals speaks volumes about how this disease affects entire families.”

Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and is now the nation’s sixth leading cause of death. As many as 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and this number is estimated to grow to as many as 16 million by year 2050. In Texas alone, there are more than 340,000 thousand people living with Alzheimer’s.

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