Program Recap - Sept. 24, 2014
Barbara and Bill Parker brought their Traveling CART Show to Cashiers last week, to highlight the important work that the spare change donated helps fund. The Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley is a member of District 7670, which encompasses the Rotary clubs of Western North Carolina, has had fantastic participation in the District's Coins for Alzheimer's Research Trust (CART) Fund.
Barbara and Bill Parker put on a sobering presentation about the national and personal toll taken by Alzheimer’s Dementia. There is no cure and currently the hope is not to cure it, but just to slow it down. In 2010 there were 170,000 Alzheimer’s patients in North Carolina. Experts believe that will grow to 190,000 by the year 2020. As of May 2013 the CART campaign has distributed nearly $4.3 million in research grants. CART began in the Sumter, SC Rotary club in 2000 and has now expanded to Clubs in the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, Texas, Florida, Idaho and Kentucky raising funds to provide the “seed” money for cutting edge, high impact research in hopes of finding a cure/prevention for Alzheimer’s disease.
Bill is serving as a representative of C.A.R.T. on the board of directors of the Alzheimer’s/Dementia Rotarian Action Group (RAG) just now getting organized.
Barbara is now a graduate of the Rotary Leadership Institute, having completed three RLI seminars.
Together, this District has donated over $46,000 in the 2013-14 season. This money is funding four separate research awards. 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.
There is a CART bucket on all the tables at the weekly breakfast meeting of the Cashiers Rotary Club. Member Rotarians donate all their spare change or other amount, which is collected at the end of each meeting. 100% of the funds donated in this way are given to the CART Fund of Rotary International.
The Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley meetings are held on Wednesday mornings at 7:30 AM at the Cashiers United Methodist Church, 894 Highway 107 South in Cashiers, NC. Non-Rotarians are welcome to attend as a guest by contacting a Rotary member or calling 828-743-5490 for more information.