Jane Mitchell (left), Development Director for the Vermont Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association (and fellow Rotarian), spoke to us Friday about the group's efforts to fight the brain disease and assist family members supporting Alzheimer victims. 
 
The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leader in Alzheimer's research and support.  Their programs, services and family education programs are provided free of charge.  
 
The organization does a wonderful job of supporting families in in need with their 24/7 Helpline (800-272-3900), confidential care consultations, support groups and education programs.  They are also the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer disease research.
 
There are many ways you can help the Alzheimer's Association.  Click here to Donate.  Take part in their loving Longest Day activities on June 21st.  Or sign up for the Walk to End Alzheimers in Shelburne, Bennington, Rutland, St. Johnsbury or the Upper Valley.
 
Our own Nikki Rivolta (pictured above with Jane) and her family participated in last year's Walk to End Alzheimer's at the Shelburne Museum.  The family celebrated with Nikki's mother, Louise Plouffe, who is in the purple picture frame below.
 
 
Nikki's family raised the third largest donation total of all the event teams.  Nikki's family lost Nikki's father, Mike Plouffe, to Alzheimer's roughly three and half years ago.
 
Thank you Jane for visiting the Burlington Sunrise Rotary and thank you Nikki for sharing your story of love and support.