Charline Kim

When Charline Kim of Los Angeles turned 27 on Feb. 28, 2014, she asked her friends to make a donation to Cure Alzheimer’s Fund to support her grandma, who has the disease. Charline even donated $100 as a birthday present to herself. “I love my grandma and she is one of the sweetest souls I’ve known,” Charline wrote on her fundraising page. “Alzheimer’s is a scary disease. I wish someone would find a cure so that other families wouldn’t have to go what we’re going through.” Charline asked her friends for $10 or even $5. “That’s like a Starbucks drink you can spare,” she says. “And every dollar is a step closer to a cure.” She raised $1,565.