A lot of kids start lemonade stands. A few of those donate some of their profits to charity. Only one in Colorado has emerged as a Grand Champion fundraiser for the Denver Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
At the age of 12, Lillian (Lilly) Templeton will be attending her ninth Denver Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sept. 16 at City Park. Having raised just over $1,007 so far this year in memory of her grandfather, David Templeton, who passed away from Alzheimer’s disease five years ago, Lilly is the youngest Grand Champion for the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado.
So far this year, 54 volunteers across Colorado have topped the $1,000 fundraising mark to earn Grand Champion status. Lilly, who raised $175 for the Alzheimer’s cause last year through her lemonade stand, isn’t awed by the numbers or daunted by the challenge. She has been volunteering for the Alzheimer’s Association along with her grandmother, Jane, since last year. And she’s been part of the Denver Walk to End Alzheimer’s since she was 3.
This year, Lilly decided to ramp up her fundraising a notch. After making a presentation to her class at Denver School of Science and Technology, she joined her father, Josh, at his office at ClickFox and made her pitch to his coworkers.
“I just went to my dad’s office and asked a lot of people from my dad’s work team for $20 or $25,” she said. When her efforts pushed her past her initial $300 target, she raised her goal to $500, and later to $1,000. Of course, it pays to be persistent.
“You need to try your best and follow up with people,” advises Lilly. “I send a follow-up email to everyone who makes an online pledge but hasn’t paid yet.”
Considering that Lilly, who lives in Denver’s Montclair neighborhood with her parents and younger brother, only began her 2017 fundraising campaign in early August, she’s made huge strides. She’ll be making many more come Sept. 16 when she joins with grandmother Jane and the rest of their family as the Wannabe Walkers proudly walk in memory of grandfather David, and raise funds to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease – the No. 6 killer of Americans and the only leading disease without a prevention, treatment or cure.
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