Family-owned and operated Morrell Printing Solutions views itself as more than a business. It’s part of the Lafayette community.
So when long-time customer Paula Selland kept returning with printing projects related to her fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Association, Morrell staff decided it was time to get on board.
Selland has a deeply personal commitment to the cause. Her mother, Marilyn Joy Selland, began showing symptoms of Alzheimer’s in 2004. Her formal diagnosis followed three years later, and she finally succumbed to the disease in February of 2017. Marilyn’s husband and caregiver, Ernie, passed away five months later of a broken heart.
Selland founded Team Joy as part of The Longest Day fundraising program of the Alzheimer’s Association, both to honor her parents and to raise awareness of a disease that is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, and the only leading disease without a prevention, treatment or cure.
In support of Selland and Team Joy, the employees of Morrell Printing started their own fundraiser in 2018 and are continuing it this year, encouraging their customers to join in the effort to raise funds to support Alzheimer’s disease awareness, education, programs and research to find a cure.
“We are a family-run business started by my parents in 1975,” said Kristel Pierce, co-owner of the shop with her three brothers. “We are committed to supporting community activities. We got involved because of Paula and her story with her family. She is a good customer and friend of ours, so we wanted to show her support.”
Morrell Printing has created its own web page to support Team Joy. In addition, the company’s 15 employees (seven are part of the immediate family) wear The Longest Day shirts to help raise awareness, both of the disease and the fundraising initiative.
“The efforts of Morrell Printing and Paula Selland’s Team Joy are great examples of our community coming together to shine a light on the 5.8 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and the more than 16 million family members and friends providing their care,” said Kate Dochelli, development manager for The Longest Day in Colorado.
“The Longest Day is the Alzheimer’s Association’s fundraising event based on and around the summer solstice, June 21,”said Dochelli. “Advocates from across the world come together to fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s through an activity of their choice – biking, hiking, playing bridge, swimming, knitting and more.”
Every 65 seconds, someone new in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease, which kills more people than breast and prostate cancers combined. More than 73,000 Coloradans are living with the disease among 47 million globally.
The Alzheimer’s Association provides disease information, education, programs and services to all Colorado families at no charge. It also is the world’s largest non-profit funder of research to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.
Individuals seeking information or support can call the Association’s free 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900. It is staffed by trained professional counselors. Information is also available at www.alz.org/co.