Alzheimer’s Research

Scholarship Entrant: Kimberly from Fresno, California
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Kimberly: 12

I am a twenty-four year old female, who has watched two family members experience Alzheimer’s disease. Watching them go through such a deteriorating disease has made me wonder if there is any difference that can be made.
If I was able to have a position doping what I love, I would dedicate my time to research that could allow the world to potentially have a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. This degenerating disease is not easy for the patient, or their families. My grandfather had Alzheimer’s, and passed away when I was twelve years old. Before he passed, our family dealt with his memory loss the best that we could. However, when my grandfather could no longer remember who I was, I was instantly grief stricken. How could my “Papa” forget his “pumpkin?” Now, thirteen years later my grandmother, his wife, has succumbed to Alzheimer’s. It’s not ever easy for anyone to go through this disease, but going through it twice seems to be even harder.
If I could complete research studies for this disease I would try to find a cure. The pain I feel in my heart every day for my grandparents and for any other person experiencing Alzheimer’s, directly or indirectly, is enough to rupture my heart if that was possible. I would like to find a cure for Alzheimer’s in order to help these patients and family members. This would change the world because we would have less incidences of this disease—imagine a world without Alzheimer’s.

Vote for Kimberly: 12

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