Summerville Evening Rotary Club challenge P.E.T.S. to contribute to CART.

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Mar 022017
Summerville Evening Rotary Club challenge P.E.T.S. to contribute to CART.

Summerville Evening Rotary Club challenge P.E.T.S. to contribute to CART.

The Summerville Evening Rotary Club selected to support the CART Fund for its Rotary Has Heart project. Both of these projects were started here in South Carolina. The challenged was issued to club members to fill a sand bag with their spare change from their vehicles, desk drawers, change bowls and wine carafes. The bags collected were to be weighed and the heaviest would receive a $25 gift card.

Club member and incoming AG Alex Arntz cast out a challenge at the recent PETS (President Elect Training Seminar) to the PE members that funds collected at PETS would be joined with their own PETS sandbag and the Evening Club will match what was collected. PETS generated approximately $315.87.

On Monday, the sand bags were turned in, weighed and Terri Lee Moore-London had the heaviest bag at 23 pounds. The club collected a total of 74 pounds of coins, valued at $326.10 in addition to the PETS $315.87. A total of $641.97 going to CART this quarter. More information about CART can be found at Summerville Evening Rotary Club, Do Good, Have Fun, Tell Someone. #SECRotary

Rotary Club of Charleston Hosts Program to Support CART

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Aug 152016

Virtually every Rotarian’s hand went up when guest speaker, Cindy Alewine, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Alzheimer’s Association of South Carolina, asked how many of us were directly or indirectly affected by Alzhei-
mer’s disease. It’s not surprising that nearly everyone is the room is impacted in some way by Alzheimer’s since it is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and five million of our citizens are suffering from this horrible disease. In fact, as we learned from Ms. Alewine, one in nine people 65 or older suffers from Alzheimer’s or some form of dementia and one in three seniors dies from them.

And the really frightening part is that the prevalence of the disease is growing quickly. The Alzheimer’s Association projects that by 2050, the number of people age 65 and older in the US with Alzheimer’s disease may nearly triple, from 5.2 million to a projected 13.8 million. In SC, there are now 84,000 Alzheimer’s patients and that number is projected to grow to 120,000 by 2025.

Ms. Alewine also pointed out that we are seeing Alzheimer’s in younger and younger populations, some individuals falling victim in their forties and fifties. Today, 200,000 individuals under the age of 65 have early onset Alzheimer’s.

Of the leading top 10 causes of death in the United States, Alzheimer’s is the only disease in America that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. The cost of Alzheimer’s to patients, families and communities is astronomical. Here are the economic facts according to our speaker:

In 2016, total payments for health care, long-term care and hospice are estimated to be $236 billion for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, with just under half of the costs borne by Medicare. Medicare and Medicaid are expected to cover $160 billion, or 68 percent, of the total health care and long-term care payments for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Nearly one in every five Medicare dollars is spent on people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In 2050, it will be one in every three dollars. Unless a cure or therapy is discovered, in 2050, Alzheimer’s is projected to cost more than $1 trillion (in 2016 dollars). Costs to Medicare will increase 360 percent. This dramatic rise includes a nearly five-fold increase in government spending under Medicare and Medicaid and a nearly five-fold increase in out-of pocket spending.

In addition to the soaring costs of Alzheimer’s, the emotional burden for families and care-givers is debilitating as bank accounts and savings plans are emptied, second and third jobs required, retirements postponed and extensive sacrifices made to care for Alzheimer’s patients. But perhaps the greatest expense is to those watching their loved ones gradually slipping away, losing their abilities, talents, and their very personalities.

We need a cure and we need it fast. Ms. Alewine told us that it is estimated that we need $2 Billion in National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other government and private funding to support the research desperately searching for understanding of the disease and for diagnostics, therapies and, a cure. There are many ways that money is raised towards this end, including the well-known Walk to End Alzheimer’s walks.

These events have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for research and support but clearly more is needed. There are walks scheduled in Charleston on September 9th and in Bluffon on October 29th.

While there is no cure yet, research is underway and there is hope for a major break-
through within five years, according to Ms. Alewine. In the meantime, it is important to know that 80% of Alzheimer’s patients also have cardiovascular disease which suggests that regular physical exercise, a diet full of fruit, vegetables, low sodium and low sugar along with limited red meat consumption helps reduce risks. Additionally, studies suggest that maintaining strong social connections and intellectual activity provide weapons to fight off Alzheimer’s.

Thank you, Cindy Alewine, for an important, if sobering, presentation of Alzheimer’s disease and the work of the Alzheimer’s Association of SC. The Association provides education, financial and emotional support to South Carolinians, and is a primary fund-raising vehicle to which we can all contribute to help eliminate this scourge in our state and country. Their website is Contact them to volunteer your time and resources. Let’s get rid of this disease!

Submitted by Cheryl Kinard, Keyway Committee

UPDATE:  CART Fund Buckets

CART Fund buckets were placed on the tables during Ms. Alewine’s presentation and members were asked to make a donation in support of Alzheimer’s/Dementia. Thanks to all of the generous contributions, our club collected $259.50 for the CART Fund.

Feb 062013


Jimmy Gibbs of the Capital City Rotary Club appeared on WIS Columbia with Dawndy Mercer Plank to discuss the Coins for Alzheimer’s Trust project.

During Jimmy’s visit to the studio, he also met six year old Emma Ashley, a student shadowing Dawndy Mercer for the day. Emma dropped 4 quarters into the bucket to support CART.

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Dec 022012

Ava Guzman is the granddaughter of CART Treasurer Angus McDuffie and is a 5th grader.

Angus had no idea she had written this about her grandmother.

When he did see it, he asked Ava to read it to the members of the Sumter Rotary Club.

There were a lot of moist eyes when she finished. In honor of the occasion, Angus donated $500.00 to CART.



On September 1, 2012, I lost my MaMa (Willa Catoe) to the disease of
Alzheimer’s.  So if I had a million dollars I would try to find a cure for this sad and
cruel disease.  People who have Alzheimer’s change in personality, they forget
things, like family, solving problems and judgment.  They can get lost and forget
how to do things that they would normally do without even thinking, like driving a
car or mailing a letter, washing the dishes or just getting dressed. 
 They become very confused.

When I was younger I used to love to go to her house a lot because I liked to cook
with her.  She was the best cook.  She taught my Mom how to make the best
Macaroni and Cheese.  We always had Thanksgiving Dinner at her house
because of her pies and stuffing.

She always polished her fingernails not pink.  But as her disease got worse, she
forgot how and then sometimes I would polish them for her.
As she became sicker we had to put her in a Nursing home.  But I still would go
see her.  I would push her around in her wheelchair until she could no longer get
out of her bed.  Then I could sit on her bed and read to her.  She had a favorite
baby doll that she liked and slept with it each night.  
Sometimes I think she thought that doll was real.

Me, Mom and Gammy would go to the Nursing home before she passed away
and feed her and just to see that wonderful smile.  
She forgot who we were but she still loved our smiling faces.

My MaMa was in the Nursing Home four years before she passed away.  She was
a very beautiful lady inside and out.  Everyone loved her.
This is why I can not think of better way to spend a million dollars
than to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.  
So maybe someone else’s grandmother will not suffer from this sad disease. 

So in honor of my MaMa (Willa Catoe) I have teamed up with the Sumter Rotary
Club in the fight to find a cure for Alzheimer’s.

 Please share this with as many Rotarians as you can. Ava’s little voice speaks loud and clear.

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Many were inspired by her words, and a campaign to raise One Million Dollars she speaks of is under discussion…

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