FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | March 8, 2012
Lambert High School Students to Host Dance-A-Thon
Benefiting Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
NEW YORK, NY—Students at Lambert High School, Suwanee, GA, who are involved in a teens chapter of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) and the school’s National Honor Society will dance the night away at a “senior prom” with residents of a local long-term care facility on March 9 to benefit people with Alzheimer’s disease.
The 70 students participating in the dance-a-thon at the Cummings Nursing Center and Manor in Cumming, GA hope to raise $2,000 for AFA and its care-related programs and services.
The dance-a-thon was the idea of Madison Turner, a senior at Lambert High School who serves as president and founder of the school’s AFA Teens Chapter. The chapter has grown to more than 50 members since it was founded at the beginning of this school year. It is one of about a dozen chapters across the country affiliated with AFA Teens, a division of AFA that educates and engages teens in the cause.
Turner has had two members of her family diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in the past year.
“I want to give back and help out not only my family, but many other families as well,” she said.
The event is modeled like a high school prom, where the majority of both students and residents will be adorned in prom dresses and suits. Students have received sponsorships from family, friends and local businesses for their participation.
The event, which will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., is open to the public, and additional donations will be accepted throughout the evening. Cumming Nursing Home and Manor, which consists of an assisted living residence, nursing home and Alzheimer’s unit, is located at 2775 Castleberry Road in Cumming.
“I have always wondered how I could change the public’s view of the nursing home and what better way to start than with young people. Now they can see how special these residents are,” said Debbie Swanson, activities department manager at Cumming Nursing Center and Manor.
In addition to the dance-a-thon, the AFA Teens chapter hosted a card drive this year in which the members collected almost 500 holiday cards and distributed them at local nursing homes.
“It is great to see such a large group of teen volunteers so driven to help the cause. These types of efforts do, in fact, make a tremendous difference in the lives of people with Alzheimer’s disease, their caregivers and families,” said Eric J. Hall, AFA’s president and CEO.
Founded in 2002 by a teenager, AFA Teens seeks to mobilize teenagers nationwide to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and to engage teenagers in the cause. The award-winning division provides support, services and outreach to teens through direct, online education and interaction. Services include a dedicated Web site (www.afateens.org), bulletin board, blog and a college scholarship competition, and teens are encouraged to form AFA Teens chapters nationwide.
Recently, AFA also started a division for college students, called AFA on Campus.
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, based in New York, is a national nonprofit organization that unites more than 1,600 member organizations nationwide with the goal of providing optimal care and services to individuals with dementia, their caregivers and families. Its services include counseling and referrals by licensed social workers via a toll-free helpline, e-mail, Skype and live chat; educational materials; a free quarterly magazine for caregivers; and professional training. For more information about AFA, call toll-free 866-AFA-8484 or visit www.alzfdn.org.
Contact: Carol Steinberg