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The program in only its second full year has already raised over a quarter of a million dollars for cognitive research being conducted at institutions like Johns Hopkins, Stanford and UCSD, and it is growing. Interest and participation across the country is helping RDS re-state public support for research that has the potential to develop therapies that will assist memory and learning in persons with Ds, and perhaps offset the increased likelihood of Alzheimer’s disease.

For more information, see their website- http://www.researchds.org/

RDS runners has some teams for specific marathons, but people (like me) can elect to run a marathon--or half, in this case--and fundraise through crowdrise.com. I would like to invite anyone else in DSAL to do this with me for the Charleston whole or half! It's easy. See http://www.researchds.org/rds-runners/. You can make your own fundraising page and run (it would be fun to train together!) or contribute to mine: http://www.crowdrise.com/FoolsforJules/fundraiser/kathyrogers1.

Please feel free to email me at beresrogers@gmail.com with any questions, or if you'd like to run together!!

Best,
Kathy Rogers


Memorial Day is an incredibly special time in America’s history. This weekend, do more than barbecue. Take time to truly commemorate the meaning of the holiday and celebrate the servicemen and women who have given everything to this country.

Summer is the perfect time to show your kids that giving back can be fun. Choose an organization that has a shared interest among your family and ask about volunteer opportunities.

All work and no giving back makes for a dull workplace! Talk to your employer about already existing programs such as matching gifts or time off to volunteer.

Use the power you have to make the world a brighter, better place, and you’re sure to also experience some of that kindness. Together, we have the power to change the world!

In order to preserve our beautiful planet, it’s going to take work from everybody. Encourage your family and friends to join you so that we can preserve the place we call home!