OGDENSBURG – Bernice Cary, Ogdensburg, has been busy this summer donating her time to several causes including raising money and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.
“Is this going to take long?” Bernice Cary asks as she expertly maneuvers her wheelchair into a very tight space. “I have to leave to get to my Meals-On-Wheels site,” she added enthusiastically.
Dedication to the Meals-On-Wheels program is another area of focus for Cary. She has been busily raising funds for the St. Lawrence County Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk 2013.
“I have known people with Alzheimer’s disease and people that have passed away from the disease,” Cary reflected. “I know that participating in Memory Walk is a good thing to do.”
Cary raised $276 individually for Memory Walk and completed the 3.2 mile course for the walk unassisted.
“I exercise a lot,” Cary added. “Three point two miles wasn’t too far for me. I like to exercise on trails and to be outside.”
Alzheimer’s disease isn’t the only cause Cary feels strongly about. She spent last summer raising money for the United Helpers Wish Books, a program that helps to provide quality of life enhancements for residents of United Helpers.
More than $300 was raised and a new outdoor table and chairs was purchased for one of the residences.
Through her participation at United Helpers’ Mosaic Day Habilitation program, Cary helps with the Meals-On-Wheels program and she is currently involved with the annual Haunted House and Winter Wonderland events that will be held at the Mosaic Complex later this year.
The Haunted House and Winter Wonderland will bring excitement to hundreds of North Country children.
“Give it all you can,” Cary advises. “It feels good to do things for people that need it.”