Twenty-seven miles equals how many pennies for Alzheimer’s research?

16 Apr

NARFE, Peninsula Chapter 682 of the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees, started an Alzheimer’s disease fundraising effort in 1998 called the Miles of Pennies Campaign. As of April they have collected twenty-seven miles of pennies, totaling over $23,256.22 surpassing their goal of two miles. Each mile represents 84,480 pennies.

Marie Collins

Marie Collins

Marie Collins, with Chapter 682 says, “One gentleman shows up to every meeting with two rolls of pennies. It may not seem like much but after a year that’s twenty-four rolls of pennies. It all adds up.” Collins went on to say that if members can’t make it to the meetings to bring their donations, she drives to their homes to pick up the pennies herself.

On the national level, NARFE members have fundraised more than ten million dollars to the NARFE Alzheimer’s Fund with a goal of twelve million dollars for 2016. NARFE is also one of a select number of organizations to belong to the Zenith Society, an elite group of donors who have pledged one million dollars or more to the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Association cannot thank the members of NARFE enough for their longtime generosity and support.  We look forward to continuing our partnership. Their actions build momentum as we get closer to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.


Make an online donation personally or on behalf of your NARFE chapter.

My Brain Matters Monday with Karen Garner

23 Feb

My Brain Matters Karen Garner

My Brain Matters Monday with Sharron Warren

13 Feb


Alert! Association Advocates Celebrate Alzheimer’s Legislative Victory

17 Dec


Alzheimer’s Accountability Act Incorporated into Funding Bill Signed into Law
– Alzheimer’s Association Statement –

Washington, D.C., December 17, 2014 – As the largest Alzheimer’s advocacy organization in the world, the Alzheimer’s Association, and its relentless advocates, applaud Congress for creating a formal process to ensure that scientific judgment will guide them in future Alzheimer’s research funding decisions. This critical provision comes from the Alzheimer’s Accountability Act (H.R. 4351/S. 2192), which was fully incorporated within the fiscal year 2015 funding bill signed into law by the President. Because of this action, Congress will be equipped with the best information to determine necessary Alzheimer’s research funding levels in each year leading up to 2025 to achieve the primary goal of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease, creating a means to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s disease.
“In setting funding levels, Congress has told us that they want to hear directly from the nation’s top scientists. That’s exactly what the Alzheimer’s Accountability Act does by connecting scientists with appropriators,” said Harry Johns, president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association. “The Alzheimer’s Association urged the introduction and passage of this Act so that Congress understands what science will bring us to the day when there will be survivors of Alzheimer’s, just as there now are for the other major diseases in our country.”
Introduced in April, the Alzheimer’s Accountability Act calls for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to submit a Professional Judgment Budget for Alzheimer’s disease research each year until 2025 to achieve annual research milestones established under the National Alzheimer’s Plan. It will reflect the state of Alzheimer’s knowledge and the required investments in research identified by leading scientists to achieve the plan’s 2025 objective. With the Alzheimer’s Accountability Act, Congress has created a mechanism that will utilize rigorous scientific judgment, rather than shifting political interests and
unforeseen events, to guide Congressional funding allocations to achieve the 2025 goal.
Alzheimer’s Association grassroots advocates and staff held thousands of congressional meetings to secure support for the Alzheimer’s Accountability Act since the bill’s introduction. While the Alzheimer’s Association and its sister organization, the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement, were the only two organizations to endorse and work to advance the Alzheimer’s Accountability Act, the legislation received strong, bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate.
In addition to the Alzheimer’s Accountability Act, the funding bill included a $25 million increase for Alzheimer’s research, which comes on the heels of an unprecedented $122 million increase for Alzheimer’s research, education, outreach and caregiver support in fiscal year 2014. Together, these increases bring annual federal funding for Alzheimer’s research to $591 million. However, scientists have stated that accomplishing the goal of the National Alzheimer’s Plan will require a commitment of at least $2 billion a year.

“According to leading experts, we must dramatically increase research funding to accomplish the primary goal of the National Alzheimer’s Plan to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s by 2025. The Alzheimer’s Accountability Act will ensure that Congress hears directly from scientists what they will need to successfully achieve the federal government’s goal,” said Johns. “We now eagerly look forward to the President’s fiscal year 2016 budget with the tools in place to implement urgently needed, significant increases in Alzheimer’s funding to finally stop the human and economic devastation it causes.”

The winner of the 2014 Walk To End Alzheimer’s® Car Raffle….

13 Nov

Drum roll………

The winner of the 2014 Walk To End Alzheimer’s® Car Raffle is Rosie Velasquez from Newport News! Congratulations to Rosie for winning a 2014 Camry XLE Sedan donated by Hampton Roads Toyota Dealers.Special thanks to all of our raffle participants – 15,000 tickets were sold! Each step you take helps to fight Alzheimer’s disease.

Rosie Velasquez

November is National Alzheimer’s Diseas

3 Nov

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month! #ALZSEVA

Why I Walk – Karen Garner

15 Oct

I’m walking to help reclaim the future for millions. By participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s?, I’m committed to raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer research, care and support.

A few years ago, Jim and I started the process of trying to figure out what was going on with him. Things just weren’t right and since there is not a test, like cancer or diabetes, to give you an answer right away, we started the very long process of ruling out everything else. No, he hadn’t had a stroke, didn’t have a brain tumor, didn’t have high blood pressure, heart problems, thyroid problems, AIDS or syphilis. He endured long psychological testing, MRI’s, CAT scans, a spinal tap (very painful) and so much more. We are at the beginning stages of a disease that has no cure and really no hope. Unfortunately at some point our children, ages 8 and 11 will realize this and realize they are slowly, very slowly losing their father.

I already miss him. The man I married is no longer living with me. Instead, I have a man that is struggling to remember names, what we are doing this afternoon and what he did this morning. Some days are better than others.

Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease is sometimes hereditary, as in Jim’s case. His brother and Mother both had this slow, horrible disease.

Please help find a cure. I am counting on you. My children are counting on you. Millions of others are counting on you. One day, if you haven’t been touched already, someone you love will no longer be able to explain to you how you know each other. When that day comes, you will pray and cry and desperately search in vain for answers, help and a cure.

Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.

I need your support to do my part! Please make a donation to help the Alzheimer’s Association advance research into prevention, treatments and a cure for Alzheimer’s. For the millions already affected by the disease, the Association offers care, education, support and resources in communities nationwide.

Karen Garner


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