Date: July 16th, 2014
Talaya Waller turned 29 recently. And to celebrate she threw a big party in Washington, D.C., on June 21.
While the party was a great success, what was even more meaningful was the main reason she put together the event: She did it in honor of her grandmother and to aid research behind the causes of aging.
“For most people, a 29th birthday may not carry much significance as other milestone birthdays," she says. "However, for my 29th birthday, I had the urge to do something meaningful and charitable. My paternal grandma has suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for the past five years. So, this birthday, instead of honoring my life, I wanted to honor my grandma’s life by hosting a charity soirée that focuses on Alzheimer’s disease research and awareness.”
In her research, she found out about the Alliance and our ACT-AD initiative.
As Talaya explains, “Although there are many organizations to choose from, it was very important to me to find a nonprofit that is effective in implementing its mission and is financially responsible with the donations and funding that it receives. My search concluded with the Alliance for Aging Research, the parent organization of the coalition to Accelerate Cures/Treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease.”
She asked her friends and family to consider donating to the Alliance. We are happy to report that Talaya more than doubled her goal! Through the generosity of her friends and family, more than $1,100 was raised.
We are grateful to Talaya for her support for the cause.