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McKee Homes Sponsors Fayetteville Woodpeckers Alzheimer’s Awareness Night

McKee Homes is excited to be a part of minor-league baseballs’ return to Fayetteville, NC and will sponsor the Fayetteville Woodpeckers 2019 Alzheimer’s Awareness night on July 27th, 2019.

It’s no secret that Fayetteville Woodpeckers inaugural season has created a lot of excitement in Fayetteville, NC! It’s no surprise really, the team has given Fayetteville a good reason to be excited. The Fayetteville Woodpeckers are the Class A affiliate of the 2017 World Series Champions: the Houston Astros. Recently the team moved into their new home, Segra Stadium, in Cool Springs District of downtown Fayetteville. With its headquarters located just blocks from Segra Stadium, McKee Homes was excited to see how the team would impact the community. The proximity of Segra Stadium to McKee’s home base, and the Fayetteville Woodpeckers’ desire to increase Alzheimer’s awareness, made McKee’s sponsorship of their Alzheimer’s Awareness night a natural pairing. On this night, McKee Homes will help the team “Paint the Park Purple” to increase Alzheimer’s Awareness in the Fayetteville, NC community.

A Cause that Hits Home

Spreading awareness about Alzheimer’s Disease is near and dear to McKee Homes. Owner Pat McKee is all too familiar with the impact Alzheimer’s has on those afflicted as well as their loved ones. Pat’s father Joe succumbed after a ten-year battle with this devastating disease. While Joe McKee had a long and successful career in business, he also personally built new homes for his family. Alzheimer’s robbed him of his dream of one day becoming a new home builder. When Pat and his brother Mike formed McKee Homes, they dedicated the company to the memory of their father. In hopes that one day other families will not have to face the heartbreak caused by Alzheimer’s disease, they established the Joe McKee Memorial Alzheimer Fund. A percentage of every home sale by McKee Homes goes into this fund to support Alzheimer’s research and care. In addition, the McKees work closely with the Eastern North Carolina Service Area of the Alzheimer’s Association®, supporting efforts such as the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s Awareness is incredibly important because early detection is key in receiving beneficial and appropriate treatment. Often, people impacted by Alzheimer’s disease are diagnosed too late and miss the opportunity to receive the best possible treatment. By increasing awareness in its community, McKee Homes hopes to help create a World Without Alzheimer’s.

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What is a team captain for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s?

A team captain for the Walk to end Alzheimer’s plays a crucial role in helping the Alzheimer’s Association meet its goals by being heavily involved in the fundraising and participation aspect of the walk. It is the team captain’s job to be the organizer, motivator, and leader for those on your team. A team captain is provided with an ample amount of tools and resources to successfully raise awareness and funds to help the walk to end Alzheimer’s.

 

The goal of a team captain is to use the tools on your captain’s page in order to spread the news and updates about the upcoming events. The goal should be to get the word out to as many people as you can in hopes that those who feel passionate about the cause can know when and how to join or help.

 

One thing I have learned since my time of being a team captain for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is that you don’t have to have a personal connection or story pertaining to the disease. However,  after hearing people’s testimonies and seeing the impact this disease and organization has on others around the community, it makes it easier to be motivated to help the cause and make a difference however you can. This feeling and motivation to help can make the role of being a team captain somewhat easy because you will quickly realize that there are a lot of people who want to volunteer, help, or contribute in other ways.

As a team captain, it is helpful to  go into the role with a goal and a plan. Whether your goal  is to recruit a certain number of members on your team, or to raise a certain dollar amount.  Having a goal will help you and your  team stay motivated and and on track.

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What does your Alzheimer’s Association donations go towards?

The Alzheimer’s Association is an international organization fighting to help make a difference in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease. Many people from around the globe support the fundraising efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association, but some may be wonder, “Where does the money go? What does the money raised help with? How does my dollar make a difference?”

The Alzheimer Association uses donations to:

  • provide care and support to all those facing Alzheimer’s
  • drive research toward treatment and prevention, in hopes of finding a cure
  • serve as the voice for the needs and rights of those affected by Alzheimer’s

Providing care and support

The Alzheimer’s Association has an online message board and a 24/7 helpline that offers assistance to those seeking information. Support groups are also available to help those facing the disease realize they are not alone in the journey as people from their community lock arms to be there for one another.

  • Online message boards through ALZConnected®
  • A free nationwide 24/7 Helpline (800.272.3900) offering information and referrals

Local Support Groups:

  • Caregiver Support Groups are held at Carillon Assisted Living, the Enrichment Center of Lee County, and the Alzheimer’s Association Office
  • Male Caregiver Support Group is available at WakeMed-Cary

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What about research?

The Alzheimer’s Association provides more than $405 million to over 2,600 scientific proposals which help lead to huge treatment advancements. For example, the global research community came together and designed the first new diagnostic guidelines for Alzheimer’s in 27 years.

Speak up for the needs and rights of those affected!

  • Help pass legislation like the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (mandated a national plan to fight Alzheimer’s)
  • Continue to help ensure federal policy reflects the Alzheimer’s epidemic (which resulted in a $350 million increase in funding)

BBA Wise Giving Alliance non-profit organizations should allocate 65% of total expenses on program activities, with the remainder going to fundraising or administrative needs. The Alzheimer’s Association actually gives a minimum of 79% of its total budget to the needs of Alzheimer’s, a standard possible because of the tremendous volunteer support.

 

 

Join my team at http://act.alz.org/goto/walkthewalkteamchase

Learn more at alz.org/walk

 

Chase Hill

Community Outreach Coordinator, McKee Homes

 

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McKee Homes Donates $30,000 to Alzheimer’s Association

mckee homes donates to alzheimer's association

McKee Homes sponsored the Fayetteville Chamber’s Business After Hours event at Marquis Market in downtown Fayetteville Thursday evening, Feb. 25 at 5:30 pm. The Business After Hours event brings together many local residents, professionals and business owners from the Fayetteville area for a popular networking event.

Pat McKee, President of McKee Homes and President of the Home Builders Association of Fayetteville, along with wife Julie Russo who is VP of Human Resources at McKee Homes, presented the Alzheimer’s Association® with a promotional check for $30,000 which covers all the donations made in 2015 by McKee Homes. Lisa Roberts, Executive Director, Eastern North Carolina Chapter Alzheimer’s Association, accepted the check at the Business After Hours event. From 2011 to 2016, McKee Homes has donated approximately $135,000 to the Alzheimer’s Association® through the Joe McKee Memorial Alzheimer’s Fund.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association® website at alz.org®, North Carolina is home to more than 160,000 individuals living with Alzheimer’s and half a million unpaid caregivers. The Eastern North Carolina Chapter is responsible for providing programs and support services, information, referral, education and advocacy to the 51 counties of Eastern North Carolina.

“Our mission is to utilize our resources and good fortune to support the Alzheimer’s cause in the greater Fayetteville, Wilmington and Raleigh areas by raising awareness of this devastating disease, supporting initiatives of the Alzheimer’s Association® and helping fund Alzheimer’s care and research,” said Pat McKee.

The Business After Hours event was well attended with great food and door prizes given away by McKee Homes.

Being an AEDA Champion

Just 2 months until the Walk!

McKee Homes is an Alzheimer’s Association Early Detection Alliance (AEDA) Champion.  So what does an AEDA champion do and why is early detection so important?  According to the Alzheimer’s Association®:

AEDA Champions are:

  • A reliable source of Alzheimer’s information for those who need help.
  • A vehicle to increase awareness of the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • A positive force to improve the health of your company, organization or community.
  • A part of a nationwide network of organizations that are addressing the Alzheimer’s crisis.
  • A leader in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

Why Early Detection Matters
Early detection of Alzheimer’s is important for both individuals at risk and those who are caregivers for family members. Most people do not know when forgetting becomes a serious health problem. By putting off learning more, people impacted by Alzheimer’s disease are being diagnosed too late and miss the opportunity to get the best help possible.

Ten early warning signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s:

  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life.
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems.
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks.
  4. Confusion with time or place.
  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships.
  6. New problems with words in speaking or writing.
  7. Misplacing things and loosing the ability to retrace steps.
  8. Decreased or pour judgment.
  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities.
  10. Changes in mood and personality.

Helping Kids Understand Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s has affected my family very deeply.  In the Spring of 2010, my husband lost his father to this disease.  His mom was his father’s primary caregiver.  She shared very little of what she experienced, but when she did share her deep love and compassion for her husband was evident.

Alzheimer’s doesn’t make sense to adults, so how can we explain it to kids?  We can’t answer their questions about “how” and “why.”  We can’t tell them that we won’t get it.  We can’t tell them how to prevent it.  We can’t tell them that there is medicine to take for it.  What we can do is show them that we have the power in us to change some of these “can’ts” to “cans.”  

2012 Walk to End Alzheimer's

My husband and I have hosted the Fayetteville Walk to End Alzheimer’s for the past two years.  All four of our children have participated in this event.  Last year, they wrote and performed a song about Alzheimer’s.  They also made duct tape wallets, koozies and magnets and gave them away to people who made a small donation to the Alzheimer’s Association®. 

We talk to them about how some of the money we raise goes to research that will help scientists better understand this disease and eventually find a cure.  We talk about the caregivers who are able to attend support group meetings that help them better care for their loved ones.  We explain that years ago people got sick and died from diseases that now have cures.

Really, children and adults want the same thing.  They want hope.  They want to make a difference.  They want to feel like they are part of something bigger then themselves. 

The Alzheimer’s Associations® created a video you can share with your children and teens to educate them about this disease.