Above is a picture of myself and my parents along with representatives of the Central New York Chapter Alzheimer's Association and CNYCF (CNY Community Foundation) from just before my father passed away three years ago. I won a Twitter contest using a picture of my mother and I stating she was why I gave to the Alzheimer's Association and CNYCF chose our picture and donated $1000 on my behalf. This was one of my last memories I shared with my father as he passed away about a month later and I became mom's full time caregiver.
Fast forward three years and I had an idea to try and plan an Alzheimer's fundraiser and awareness event here in CNY. However a month later, I decided that due to personal reasons, this was just too much to handle at the moment so I posted a note on our social media outlets that I had reconsidered and apologized.
The next day I received a message asking me to help co-host an event but this time the great folks at Cooper's Landing in Cicero already had similar plans in place to do something similar. I agreed without even thinking about it because I want to help the cause and Cooper's Landing has always been very supportive of our site and what we are trying to do. This will also allow me to help with the event but not have all the weight resting on my shoulders and take care of mom and other things going on in my life.
So on March 21st from 7-9 PM, there will be celebrity Syracuse Crunch players bar tending, 50 cent wings, Molson & Miller Lite specials as well as big guy cans and auctioning off a signed jersey. We are also working on other items to give away as well from local merchants who have been generous enough to say they will donate items to raffle off or as door prizes.
As of now, there is no known cure for the disease and the costs are rising every year as more are diagnosed with this disease and caregivers and/or facilities aid in the care of our loved ones. Below is a video that may help explain why such fundraisers are necessary.
Please follow our Twitter, Facebook, Cooper's Landing Facebook or the Facebook event page for more details as we continue to make this event better and help raise money and awareness to help those we love. And I will even update this post with news as it comes about.
If for some reason you cannot attend but would still like to help donate to the cause, here's a link to help but we do hope to see you out at Cooper's Landing off Lakeshore Road (7459 W. Murray Drive) in Cicero on March 21 from 7-9 PM and be sure to check them out anytime soon including their haddock specials on Fridays or one of their other events like Valentine's Day Date Nite and Molson Chicken BBQ.