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Frames to retain memories for Alzheimer’s patients

Tennille Wright
Staff Writer

Alzheimer’s affects as many as 2.4 million people.

That’s why the Campus Activities Board held the “We Will Never Forget” event Tuesday to mark Alzheimer’s Awareness Day and educate the community on this debilitating disease.

“I want … offer support and information to those who this disease affects,” Nicole Wood, Campus Activities Board philanthropy chair, said.

For the event, students put their creativity to use by painting picture frames to give something heartfelt to the individuals who suffer with Alzheimer’s.

By the end, coordinators had accumulated many frames in vibrant colors and designs, such as flowers, blue skies, pink hearts and an more.

Alzheimer’s disease progresses slowly beginning with memory loss and ending with severe brain damage. Most victims die from complications of the disease.

Some students, who had no knowledge of the disease, but were eager to learn, came out to show their support.

“I didn’t realize the impact it has on people and their families,” freshman Michelle Bedroll said. “Its important to make people aware,”

CAB was able to reach its goal of 45 picture frames painted. The frames will be distributed to patients at Mountain View Alzheimer Center in Claremont.

Students participating were also given purple ribbons to wear in remembrance of people who suffer from Alzheimer’s and the lives lost because of the disease.

Some students participating had family members who suffer from the disease.

“The event brought back pleasant memories of my visit to see my grandfather a year ago,” freshman Paola Portillo said. She created a picture frame for patients.

“I think it went extremely well … It feels good to help others,” Wood said.

CAB also took donations for the Dream Foundation, a wish granting organization for adults suffering from life-threatening illnesses.

For more information on the Dream Foundation, call Nicole Wood in the CAB office at 909-593-3511, ext. 4424.

Tennille Wright can be reached at tennille.wright@laverne.edu.

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