Weekly Feature

2018-04-11 / Letters to the Editor

Many contribute to success of 28th CHS Sleepout

We thank everyone in the Clarence community who helped make our 28th Sleepout to benefit the poor and homeless a great success.

Our first 27 sleepouts raised a total of more than $484,000, with each Sleepout since 2000 reaching at least $20,000. We are closing the books on this year’s event, and our final total is $23,722.81. This brings our 28-year total to $508,048. Every dollar collected is being distributed amongst 13 local charities.

We owe a great deal to the groups and businesses who held dedicated fundraisers to benefit the Sleepout: BCB International; Clarence Middle School Service Club, Student Ambassadors and Student Council; and CHS Varsity Club and Class of 2018. Thank you also to the CHS PTO for everything it did before, during and after the event to help it run safely and smoothly.

We also thank the following organizations and businesses for their assistance and donations: Clarence Schools Buildings and Grounds; Clarence Teachers Association, CHS administration, faculty and staff; CHS PTO; Sheridan Hill Elementary PTO; classes of 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021; Band Boosters; Drama Club; Chorale; National Honor Society; Latin Club; FBLA; The Advocate; FTA/Leadership Club; Impact; Engineering Club; Chrysalis; Saga; SADD; Brennan’s Bowery Bar and Restaurant; Orazio’s; Clarence Pizza Company; Goodrich Coffee and Tea; McDuffie’s Bakery; Gianni Mazia’s; Mandon Building Systems; Advanced Storage Technology; Professional Furnishings and Equipment; United Auto Group of WNY; Washington Square; Castle Capital; Morgan Financial Group; Synergetic Sales; Ronald J. Koch Travel Bureau; Maxim Management Services/WNY Urology/CancerCare of WNY; Christopher Chiropractic Center; Rob’s Lawn Maintenance; and American Academy of Ballet of WNY. We also thank the Sears warehouse in Cheektowaga for providing large boxes for our sleepers to use as shelter.

Thank you also to all the individuals who contributed money and time. You have again proved that the Clarence community has a big heart and an admirable willingness to help those in need.

Clarence High School
Student Council

Alzheimer’s must be treated like the health threat it is

Alzheimer’s is a major public health issue that we must urgently address. The burden is large, the impact is major and there are ways to intervene.

This National Public Health Week, policymakers can take action to help the more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s and the nearly 14 million who may develop the disease by 2050.

As many as half of the people living with Alzheimer’s have not been diagnosed, including my late husband. After five hospitalizations during a four-month period in two local hospitals, we were not given a diagnosis until shortly before his death. Nearly one in every three seniors who die each year has Alzheimer’s or another dementia, and $1 of every $5 in Medicare payments is targeted for their care.

One important way Congress can act is by passing the Building our Largest Dementia Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act.

Endorsed by the Alzheimer’s Association, the act would create an Alzheimer’s public health infrastructure across the country to implement effective Alzheimer’s interventions, including increasing early detection and diagnosis, reducing risk and preventing avoidable hospitalizations.

We are grateful to Reps. Chris Collins and Brian Higgins for co-sponsoring this bill.

Visit www.alz.org for information about Alzheimer’s 10 warning signs, local educational classes, support and respite groups in our area, or contact our local Western New York chapter office at 626-0600.

If we are going to end Alzheimer’s disease, then we must start educating ourselves and engaging elected officials to treat it like the public health threat it is.

Norma Hanstein
Quaker Hollow Road
Orchard Park

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