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Help fight Alzheimer’s

September 12, 2012
Messenger News

To the editor:

My name is Sheila Hefley, I am a Trinity Hospice nurse and have been employed at Trinity as a registered nurse for 18 years. I am sure each and every one of you has been touched by Alzheimer's at one time or another with either a family member, a loved one or a friend. This year, I was privileged to travel to Washington, D.C., to advocate for Alzheimer's funding on Capitol Hill.

This year, I have a team called Forget Me Not that will consist of friends, family and co-workers. We will walk on Oct. 6. The walk is at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge. Registration is at 9 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m. I will walk to help bring awareness for Alzheimer's and to help raise funding for the care of our loved ones with Alzheimer's, to raise money for the families that are caring for these loved ones, and for our medical providers in assisting in the proper diagnosis and treatment plans of these people.Every dollar adds up, and your donation will help.

This is very simple to do, you can simply go to the website: and find my team name, forgetmenot, and make a donation Another option would be to simply send me an email and I would be happy to pick up any donation and fill out a tax deduction paper for you.

Please consider the importance of raising funds for Alzheimer's.

Here are a few facts to think about:

In the last 30 minutes, Alzheimer's has cost the U.S more than $11 million, and 26 more Americans have developed the disease.

In 2012, caring for Americans with Alzheimer's disease will cost the U.S. an estimated $200 billion.

Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death across all ages in the U.S. It is the fifth leading cause of death for those aged 65 and older.

The projected cost of care for Alzheimer's by 2050, $1.1 trillion.

Please join us on Oct. 6 and show everyone how Fort Dodge can come together and make a difference.

Sheila Hefley, RN

Fort Dodge



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