Want to join the Cedar Grove High School Sport Management Class in making a difference? The class is raising money for the Greater New Jersey Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association through an event called the Orange Invitational which is a volleyball tournament with two teams from each grade and two faculty teams. This will be the third annual time we host this event and 100% of proceeds go directly to the charity. Last year, the sport management class raised over $10,000 for the Progeria Research Foundation. This year our goal is $12,000 for the Alzheimer's Association.

Did you know that the 5th leading cause of death in the United States does not have a cure? Alzheimer's is a very serious disease that causes serious confusion and memory loss. People affected by this disease develop an increasing inability to express themselves, remember people, places, or how to do certain things, or process information. The longer a person has the disease the worse these symptoms get. As of now there is no cure for Alzheimer's and there is no way to prevent or slow this disease. The Alzheimer’s Association is a non profit organization that uses 77% of profits for patient care, support, research, and awareness and advocacy activities, 19% for fundraising, and only 4% for operating costs. Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, and 1 in 3 seniors is affected by it or another form of dementia. It leads to more deaths than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. Any donation to this cause can help change the lives of the millions of people affected by this disease.

The sport management class chose to donate to this amazing charity this year because Alzheimer's is a disease that affects 16 percent of women and 11 percent of men age 71. It is a terrible thought that once a person is diagnosed with the disease there is no hope for recovery, only hoping to delay the system. The Alzheimer's Association works to help with the comfort of patients as well as researching to find a cure. Their mission statement is to “Help and support people with Alzheimer's and Related Disorders and their caregivers in the fourteen counties we serve in Central and Northern New Jersey. We offer Programs and Services to help in dealing with every aspect of the disease and engage with professionals to enhance knowledge and awareness of its effects on our communities."