The CGH Health Foundation 2022 Annual Appeal campaign is devoted to easing the journey for those impacted by dementia. “Memories Matter.” kicked off in May and every member of the leadership team has had a personal experience with dementia.
The annual drive is focused on raising funds for dementia education, awareness building and resource development. Contributions will help bridge the gaps that exist in dementia care in the Sauk Valley area. The goal is $475,000 not only for the dementia project, but also for 15 other initiatives. View the Annual Appeal booklet here and download your pledge form here.
Leaders include: Margaret and Mark Zumdahl, General/Community Division Co-Chairs; Dr. Eric Kuhns, Medical Division Chair; Veronica Edwards, Business Division Chair; Bob Sondgeroth, Clubs Division Chair; and Mimi Hicks and Sandy Williams, CGH Employee Division Co-Chairs.
“Alzheimer’s disease runs rampant in my family, with my mom, my aunts and uncles, and now my brother and me, living with it,” said Margaret Zumdahl, Sterling. “It was frightening to learn of my diagnosis in 2016 and without my husband, Mark, I could not have thrived as well as I have.”
Margaret calls herself lucky – blessed to have been in a drug trial through Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, that has slowed the progress of her symptoms. “We decided from the start that we needed to adapt to the new normal and do whatever we could to live as best we could,” she said. “We’ve done everything as a team, from advocating with legislators for research funds to assisting with support groups to partnering with medical students who want to learn more about the disease. It is so important that we all pull together to create a stronger dementia support system in our area communities.”
Along with raising funds, the Foundation is seeking input on how to further help those going through this difficult journey. The goal is to make it easier to find information, to add or expand resources and services in the area and to raise awareness about dementia and how it changes lives so dramatically. For more information or to make a contribution, go to www.cghmc.com/foundation or call Joan at 815/625-0400, ext. 5672.