LANCASTER, N.Y. (WIVB) — According to the CDC – Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death, and more than five million Americans have it.
A fifth grader in Lancaster knows the effects of the disease all-too-well. After losing his grandfather to the disease, the boy is fighting Alzheimer’s one cup of lemonade at a time.
Cup by cup, 11-year-old Jacob Oberg is working to raise money and to get the word out about Alzheimer’s.
Jacob said, “I don’t want anyone else’s grandpa to have to die from this disease, so I am trying to raise money to find a cure.”
In 2014, when Jacob was 9 years old, he lost his grandfather to the mind crippling disease. So he came up with an idea to try and make a change.
Since its inception, “ADE for Alzheimer’s” is in the 3rd year, and has raised over $5,000.
All of the money collected goes to the Western New York Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
The event does more than just raise money, it also creates conversation.
“Because the kids will say what is Alzheimer’s…. Yeah I want to go to Jacob’s lemonade stand, but what is Alzheimer’s?”, said Debbie Oberg, Jacob’s mother.
“So then to have a conversation about it, because that’s what we want. We think Jacob’s generation will be the ones to find a cure for this disease.”, said Oberg.
Jacob said, “It makes me feel great, and I want to do it for a while.”
For more information on how you can help, or donate to “ADE for Alzheimer’s”, go to: http://www.ade4alz.com/