4-year-old old Lilly is on a quest to end Alzheimer’s, a disease that has claimed her great-grandmother’s memory. Although Nanny slip further and further away, her face still lights up with love at the sight of her 21 great-grandchildren. And that connection drives Lilly in her charity work.
She started raising money at the age of three, asking neighbors for donations and eventually becoming one of the top fundraisers on her team for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. She would say, “My name is Lilly and I am doing a charity walk for Alzheimer’s would you like to sponsor me?” She raised over $250.
Earlier this year, she worked with her cousins on several lemonade stands that raised more than $1,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association, but her latest goal is to get a donation from each of the 50 states. She has a map ready to mark off the states as the donations come in through her online page.
Pledges have already come in from 31 states and 3 countries. Still needed are: Oregon, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Alabama, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
When asked what the money is for Lilly will tell you that it is for the people who are sick with Alzheimer’s. She will tell you that sometimes Nanny forgets her name but she knows that Nanny never forgets that she loves her.
You can find Lilly’s fundraising page for the September 2014 event at Act.Alz.org.
This video below shows Lily asking for donations…