Miss Sacramento County: Alzheimer’s Awareness

Hello everyone! My name is Kelsey Cardamone and I am proud to represent the County of Sacramento as Miss Sacramento County 2015. I currently attend Sacramento State and I am Majoring in Child Development. Since my crowning back in January life has been exciting and busy but I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Today I would like to shine the light on my platform, Alzheimer’s Awareness. In the time that it takes me to write this blog post about 80 brains will develop Alzheimer’s. Did you know that every 67 seconds someone in the United Sates develops Alzheimer’s? Well, 14 years ago that statistic became a reality for my family. Back in 2001 my family received the news that my granddad had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Receiving the news that my granddad had an illness that had no cure was terrifying.

FullSizeRender(1)I knew that there wasn’t a way to cure what was happening to my granddad, but I knew that there was some way that I could make a difference. Over time what I’ve come to realize is that dwelling on the past doesn’t change the future. It doesn’t change that fact that more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. But what can change the future is getting out and doing something about it.

In my opinion the service point of the Miss America crown is powerful and influential. It encourages us to get out and take action about something we are passionate about. I have now been involved with the Alzheimer’s association for 4 years and every year we hold an annual Alzheimer’s awareness walk at the California State Capital here in Sacramento. During this event hundreds of people who are passionate about funding research for a cure to end Alzheimer’s flood the state capitol. I am so grateful for the people I have met over the past four years attending and volunteering at this wonderful event.

FullSizeRender(2)Some of those wonderful people that I get to volunteer with happen to be my sorority sisters. The main reason I joined my sorority was so that I had a group of friends who wanted to support Alzheimer’s and bring awareness to the disease. I think that Mark Twain said it the best when he said, “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you to, can become great. When you are seeking to bring big plans to fruition, it is important with whom you regularly associate. Hang out with friends who are like-minded and who are also designing purpose-filled lives. Similarly be that kind of friend for your friends” – Mark Twain

Love Always,

Kelsey Cardamone

Miss Sacramento County 2015

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