The Humanitarian Service Projects District Committee offers resources in a wide variety of focus.
Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust (CART)
What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
- Complex, age-related, insidious, irreversible brain disorder.
Begins as a gradual memory loss, culminating in total cognition failure.
Alzheimer’s Disease is brain failure – a progressive brain disorder that gradually destroys brain cells and affects a person’s memory, ability to learn, make judgments, communicate, and carry out basic daily activities. Alzheimer’s Disease is not normal aging. It is a progressive, fatal disease, the cause of which is unknown and it has no cure.
Alzheimer’s destroys brain cells.
- There 100 billion nerve cells, or neurons, creating a branching network.
- Signals traveling through the neuron forest form memories, thoughts and feelings.
- Alzheimer’s destroys neurons, thus also destroying memories, thoughts, impulse control, personality, etc.
Alzheimer’s causes the brain to shrink
(due to the death of neurons)
History of CART
- 1995: Rotary Club of Sumter, SC, initiated the first C.A.R.T. efforts.
- 1996: RID 7770 in South Carolina adopted C.A.R.T. as a project.
- 1999: 1st grant of $100K made to Emory University’s Alzheimer’s Research Center.
- 2000: 11 Districts, including RID 6900, adopt C.A.R.T. as a project.
- Fast forward to 2010: 3 grants totaling 450K were awarded to 3 universities in 2010.
Submitting your club’s donations.
Make your check(s) payable to CART and send to LouAnn Medlock.