Jacob lost his grandpa to Alzheimer’s in 2014, when he was 8 years old. Most of us slowly return to normal after the death of a loved one, but Jacob wasn’t about to let that happen. He wanted to make a change.
One day, he came home from school and told his mom he had talked to a classmate who had also had a loved one die of Alzheimer’s disease. He and his mom discussed the importance of young people having these types of difficult and complex conversations, and he came up with the idea for a lemonade stand to help increase awareness and raise funds for a cure.
With a little help from his mom and a supportive community, Jacob’s dream soon became a reality, and it grew to be much bigger than he ever could have imagined.
Since he started selling lemonade and baked goods at his stand, Jacob has raised several thousand dollars for his cause. All the proceeds go to the Western New York Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. He’s even got his own website, https://www.ade4alz.com, where you can find out about upcoming events and learn how you can get involved in this awesome project.
“I don’t want anyone else’s grandpa to have to die from this disease, so I am trying to raise money to find a cure,” says Jacob.
Keep it up, Jacob! You’re doing great things, and we know you’re going to be a wonderful scientist, doctor, or other Alzheimer’s-related professional someday, working to save the world. You’ve got a fantastic start under your belt!
Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?