Gabi Lanza

When Gabi Lanza of Middletown, Conn. turned 16 last November, she wasn’t thinking about herself. She requested contributions to Cure Alzheimer’s Fund in lieu of Sweet 16 gifts to help raise money for a cure. “My grandfather has suffered from Alzheimer’s for the last ten years, and his situation has really shown me what matters in life,” she said. “My grandmother’s patience and love as a caregiver is such a great example for the rest of us. I hope the $800 I raised will help find a cure for this heartbreaking disease and prevent others from having to go through what we have.”