District 7670, which encompasses the Rotary clubs of Western North Carolina including Cashiers, has had fantastic participation in the District's Coins for Alzheimer's Research Trust (CART) Fund. Program participants in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia raise funds to provide the “seed” money for cutting edge, high impact research in hopes of finding a cure/prevention for Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s disease is claiming more and more victims worldwide every day. Over 5.5 million Americans are now victims and medical scientists predict that unless a prevention/cure is found that the number of American victims will grow to 16 million within the next 20 to 25 years. Further, that without a cure, one out of every 10 living Americans will ultimately become victims. It is now thought that every 70 seconds an American is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (1238 Americans daily). It is estimated that 75 percent of the world’s victims live outside of the United States.
As we move into the new CART year, please remember to contribute to this vital program that allows leading edge research be conducted into the causes and prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease. Just remember how many Rotarians and their families have received the diagnosis of this cruel and destructive disease that destroys that which makes us who we are, our collective memories. CART has allowed researchers great breakthroughs in determining the causes and the diagnosis of this disease and some hopeful methods to slow and limit the destruction that results. We measure CART giving from 1 May to 30 April. This is why it is important that clubs submit CART funds quarterly to accurately measure giving by club.
Why Give to the CART Fund?
We share a very personal view sent to us from the Rotary Club of Spruce Pine... On May 28, the Rotary Club of Spruce Pine was privileged to receive a program titled “Toward an Alzheimer’s Cure, A Personal View” from fellow Rotarian, Bill Carson. Bill was a rocket scientist for 30 years, a weaver for two years, an apple grower for 20 years, but he is now in the biggest fight of his life, again being a caregiver related to Alzheimer's. He was his Dad’s caregiver until it became evident that he needed to be in a facility. He, his wife, Judy, his sister Kit and his father moved to North Carolina, where his father was in the Brian Center. His father’s condition deteriorated, until he finally ended in a locked unit in Weaverville. He actually passed away from pneumonia and Alzheimer's. Treatment for this horrible disease is sketchy.
Judy has Stage 1 Alzheimer’s - the medicine is the same as with Bill’s father, just different variations. Judy was diagnosed two years ago and the medicine has not worked. Her neurotransmitters were at zero. After three months of a new treatment they registered at low/normal. Testing is new and cutting edge. The doctors discovered that two genes were not cleansing her brain cells and that her kidneys were functioning at 50%, so they are addressing this. There are medicines that can be purchased over the counter to help improve this problem. Brazil nuts, asparagus and sunflower seeds are a natural supplemental source. Changes in diet can improve gene receptors. The real challenge is to understand and find the cure for genetic make up and how it effects some people and not others. Her doctor has been very supportive, and is researching different possibilities in her treatment.