Friday, May 3, 2013

Student advocates for Alzheimer’s promote funding in Hartford


With the exponential cost of care for Alzheimer’s patients, and the rise in early onset cases, the Annual Legislator’s Breakfast for Alzheimer’s Funding was an important event in April.

Fortunate enough to be attending and directly speaking to legislative members, were three Ridgefield students.

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Students involved in supporting Alzheimer’s legislation include from left,
Rachel Wesolowski, William Hongach, Jamie Bertilson (in back), Delany Walsh, and Amy Robinson.

Attending from East Ridge Middle School, along with their English teacher, Gilda Meier, and parents were Delany Walsh and William Hongach III. Also attending were three of Dr. Darla Shaw’s education students from Western Connecticut State University, including Ms. Jaime Bertilson from Ridgefield.

To be able to take part in this important event, students had to interview a caregiver for an Alzheimer’s patient and write a letter to a local representative. Given below are excerpts from very emotional essays by two students.

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