February 26, 2013
Young adults have started a charity to fight a disease affecting one in eight older Americans.
The Alzheimer's Association Junior Committee of the Central and Western Virginia Chapter held its first meeting Tuesday evening.
The group's goal is to raise awareness, money, and legislation to end Alzheimer's and related dementias.
The group is free and open to people in their 20s through 40s.
Lisette Carbajal, a fourth year at UVa, worked with the Central and Western Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association to found the committee. She wanted to start it after her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
"I feel like, as a daughter, it's my duty to raise awareness about Alzheimer's and I'm sure there's many people out there, my age or older, that feel the same way, feel like they should somehow contribute back and express their stories and how they've been affected by Alzheimer's," said Carbajal.
If you would like to learn more about the Alzheimer's Association Junior Committee, check out their Facebook page.