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12 | January 25, 2018 | The glencoe anchor school Basketball bash sheds light on Alzheimer’s disease Glencoe resident spearheads annual fundraiser Alexa Burnell Freelance Reporter North Shore Country Day School students spent the day of Saturday, Jan. 20, honoring the school’s motto to live and serve by hosting the 6th annual Dunk Alzheimer’s Basketball Bash fundraiser, bringing awareness to a deadly disease that is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. The event was spearheaded by NSCDS alumnus Johnathan Segal, of Glencoe, a 2015 graduate, whose own grandmother was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s 15 years ago, at the young age of only 60. “I was originally inspired by all the events I saw encouraging people to wear pink for breast cancer awareness,” Segal said. “When my own grandmother was diagnosed so early in life with Alzheimer’s, I thought, ‘there must be some way we can create the same level of awareness for Alzheimer’s as there is for breast cancer.’ I consulted with the school about turning our annual day of basketball into a fundraiser for Alzheimer’s awareness. Over the years, the event has grown, thanks to an excellent committee of students who work hard to see that the event exists and evolves each year.” One of the individuals on the committee is Segal’s sister, Caroline, who is currently a sophomore. “I wanted to see that my brother’s original plan Students (left to right) Andrew Karmin, Katie Nolan and Alex Winslow announce winners of the halftime raffle at Dunk Alzheimer’s Saturday, Jan. 21, at North Shore Country Day School. Photos by Rhonda Holcomb/22nd Century Media continued after he graduated,” Caroline Segal said. “We are very lucky to have such a great team who works so hard to see this event is a success year after year. “There is no better feeling than seeing an idea turn into a movement for positive change.” The student-run event is multi-faceted. Months prior to the actual day, committee members design and sell T-shirts. The students also work with local vendors such as U Dawg U, providing food to guests on the day of the event, and there are raffles and chances to win prizes for guest throughout the day too. To date, NSCDS students have raised $30,000, with all proceeds donated to the Alzheimer’s Association. Sari Eilon, external relations coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association, said that working with NSCDS students has been nothing short of “awesome.” “The students are incredibly polished, well spoken, drive and passionate,” Eilon said. “I am amazed at their ideas and compassion towards the topic itself. I can’t tell you how helpful it is to have young people involved in bringing awareness to a disease that they may not always consider. They have made it their mission to not only become involved themselves, but to inspire the entire student body to do the same.” Senior Grace Kayser, of Glencoe, was one of the main organizers for this years’ event, for her, the desire to bring awareness is personal. “My own grandfather has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s,” Kayser said. “It has been very good for me and for my entire family to have me involved in this mission. It’s a devastating illness, and the only control families have is to bring awareness and help fund research, so that we can put an end to a disease that affects so many.” Perhaps one of the most touching experiences for Kayser occurred at recent event, when the committee spoke to the entire student body about the purpose of the day. “When I asked if anyone out there knew of someone suffering from Alzheimer’s, I was shocked to see how many hands went up,” Kayser said. “It goes to show that more NSCDS students in charge of the food and spirit wear booth at the event. Ally McKeown takes a shot at the free-throw line. than ever, there needs to be more research, so that we can find a cure and put an end to this disease.” When Sophie Hiland was asked to sit on the committee, she enthusiastically agreeing to be part of the mission. She and Caroline Segal also serve on the Team Up Against Alzheimer’s Youth Board, working outside of NSCDS to continue the fight against the disease. For Hiland, the mission to spread awareness compliments her belief in living out the school’s motto. “Our school teaches us the importance of being involved in the world we live in. Bringing awareness to Alzheimer’s is reflective of that belief,” Hiland said. “I’m fortunate to not be personally touched by Alzheimer’s, but the same is not true for many of my friends. When I see them or their families struggle, I’m motivated to use my voice to make a difference.” Athletic Director Patrick McHugh said watching the students run the entire event, empowered by the chance to make a difference, is most notable. “The students run this day and I love seeing the connection they are making to a disease that typically affects an older population. Having young people bring awareness to Alzheimer’s and shedding light on how it affects all those involved, is very meaningful and reflects our ‘Live and Serve’ motto that we hold dear.” news the glencoe anchor | January 25, 2018 | 13 Warming up this winter Glencoe Community Garden hosts Roasty Toasty Veggies, demos cooking naturally warming food In partnership with the park district, the Glencoe Community Garden hosted a free educational community program on Jan. 11. The Roasty Toasty event featured certified health coach Evey Schweig, who explained why some foods are naturally warming and demonstrated how to prepare several delicious recipes. Participants sipped on spicy Chai tea while nibbling roasted cinnamon parsnips; roasted red onion salad with arugula and walnut salsa; and a roasted root vegetable medley. Photo Submitted Deciding to file for DIVORCE is hard... Hiring competent COUNSEL is easy. The Law Offices of Michael P. Doman, Ltd. Practicing Divorce Law for 29 years. 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