Greetings from inside the beltway (Washington, DC)! Our group of advocates descended upon the city Monday for the Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum. Depending on your perspective it is the culmination or launch of a year of advocacy work (or both).
Sometimes our volunteers tell me that advocacy work seems ambiguous or intimidating. The slow turn of democracy also makes your efforts sometimes feel futile.
This is my 5th year of attending the advocacy forum. My first year attending in 2008 I was overwhelmed with the crowd of 400, this year there are nearly 1,000 advocates in attendance! This advocacy thing is really catching on.
To put it simply, we have to make our lawmakers understand the growing crisis of Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's is THE most expensive disease in our country, with costs only expected to skyrocket. This year, Alzheimer's cost more than $200 billion!
What is this going to cost me is one of the most common questions we get at on the Hill. And one advocate said it best:
What is my mother worth?
Don't we owe it to our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children, grandchildren to raise our VOICE?
Congressman Tonko from NY said it best:
Complacency will get you nothing. Advocacy will get you everything.
Follow our journey to DC at: #AlzForum or Facebook.com/AlzheimersAssociationWVChapter
Award Winning Memorable Mac&Cheese
You won't believe this, but WE WON!!! By ALOT!!! People were calling their friends to come down to the cook off to try our Mac&Cheese! We even beat the restaurants! SO, without further ado our AWaRD WINNING Memorable Mac&Cheese!
1/2 pound Cavatappi
1/2 pound Mezzi Rigatoni
1lbs- Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 8 oz. White Cheddar Jalapeno Cheese
1 c. butter
1 c. flour
1.c half and half
Palm-full and a half of Tony Chachere's Canjun Seasoning
Half palm-full ground mustard
Kosher Salt and Pepper to taste
1 can fire roasted tomatoes
3/4 package of Cornbread Stuffing, crushed with hands or pan