Sep 182014

Everyone has a reason to end Alzheimer’s, including four-year-old Lilly Myers of Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Her great-grandmother or “Nanny,” Patty Lewis, 82, is one of the more than 5 million Americans living with the disease.blog42

To honor Nanny, Lilly is participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® — the world’s largest event to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease — in Carmichaels, Pennsylvania. But the preschooler isn’t just walking; she’s the top fundraiser for the 80-plus-person Nanny’s Team, made up of Lewis’s family and friends.

In 2013, the inaugural season for Nanny’s Team, the then-three-year-old Lilly raised $250. “She would get excited each time we logged in [to her online participant center] and the status bar denoting her level of money had been colored in more,” said Lilly’s mother, Amy Myers.

Lilly went door to door asking for donations. Her solicitation was simple: “My name is Lilly and I am doing a charity walk for Alzheimer’s, would you like to sponsor me?”

This year, Lilly has raised more than $2,900 and set a goal of receiving a donation from every state. As the funds came in from around the country, she colored in the corresponding states on a United States map. On Aug. 16, Lilly excitedly shaded in her last state, Vermont. She also listed her international donations — those from Canada, Germany and Australia — on the side of her map.blog4

“When asked what the money is for, Lilly will tell you that it’s for people who are sick with Alzheimer’s disease. She will tell you that sometimes Nanny forgets her name or that she already gave her hugs and kisses, but she knows that Nanny never forgets that she loves her,” Myers said. “As Nanny slips away from us, it’s heartwarming to know that Lilly is old enough that she’ll always have a memory of her time with Nanny.”

To supplement their fundraising efforts, Lilly and her cousins held a lemonade stand at festivals and farmers markets in their community. The children split more than $1,000 in proceeds, each applying a share to their individual fundraising total.

At $30,000 and counting, Nanny’s Team is the top fundraising team for the Carmichaels Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which took place on Sept. 6. All funds will help advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. Each year, with the help of more than 400,000 participants at events in over 600 communities nationwide, the Association moves closer to realizing its vision of a world without Alzheimer’s disease.


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  8 Responses to “Walk to End Alzheimer’s® Team Led by Four-Year-Old Fundraiser”

  1. Great job, little Lilly! Thank you so much for all that you and your team are doing to help promote "a world without Alzheimer's!"

  2. Way to go, Lilly. On October 26th, I will be walking for my nanny also. I will also be walking for my father in law. My walk will be in Atlantic City.

  3. that is so awesome Lily! She is bound to be a true advocate for the cause for many years to come! thank you!

  4. You are AWESOME, Lilly! On September 28th, I will be walking with my husband, son (11 yrs.) and daughter (8 1/2 yrs) in Boston. We will walk in memory of my grandma and in honor of my kids' Papa, my Dad. We will be thinking of you and your nanny!

  5. What an awesome story! You are a true inspiration! On September 27th I will be walking in memory of my grandmother, Mimi, who passed away from Alzheimer's in February 2013. I will be thinking of you and your nanny as I walk.

  6. Wow…..what an inspiration Lilly is to so many in this world. Nanny is a lucky lady to have so many people walking in her honor, but Lilly is very lucky too to have her Nanny. My grandfather passed away from Alzheimer's 5 five years ago and I miss him everyday. For the last 2 1/2 years I have worked at an Assisted Living Facility where we take care of residents who have dementia and Alzheimer's. These people are special and deserve to be fought for. Thank you Lilly for reminding us all of that !

  7. How wonderful & special this is. My sisters and I are walking in DC on Oct. 26 in honor of our mother who is living with this disease. It's been heartwarming to receive the responses & support that we've received. I can only imagine how Lilly must feel – knowing that there are so many good people out there willing to help her help her Nanny (and so many more). Awesome!

  8. This story is so heart-warming! For the past few years, I have walked for my Papaw and Great Aunt. Thank you so much for all your hard work in raising awareness and funds for the Alzheimer's Association! Great job Lilly!! You are such an inspiration! Keep up the wonderful work! 🙂

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