Fundraiser to Help Families of People that Wander 6/11/2014 1047hrs
Manatee County Search / Rescue is proud to introduce the launch of a new county-wide program called Project Lifesaver. Boar’s Head corporate and employees graciously donated a combined $22,000 to bring this program to Manatee County. Project Lifesaver is designed to help first responders find individuals that tend to wander quickly. When these individuals go missing, time is of the essence and searching for these people with traditional methods can take several hours or even days. Project Lifesaver is proven itself to be effective time and time again with an average search time of 30 minutes!First started in 1999, Project Lifesaver is designed for people with cognitive disorders that cause them to wander such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Down Syndrome. The individual is fitted with a small transmitter about the size of a watch around the wrist or ankle. This device then sends out a signal every second which allows specially trained search / rescue members to locate the individuals using a receiver. In an effort to keep this program funded and help families in need of this device, we are holding a Yard Sale Fundraiser June 28th at Conley RV from 8:00am to 2:00pm. Everything that is donated to this cause is tax-deductible and all donations can be can be dropped off at Conley RV located at 704 Cortez Road West, Bradenton, FL 34205 between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm. We will take knick knacks, bric a brac, antiques, jewelry, gently used clothing, tools, artwork, small appliances, electronics and more. Please do not bring furniture, vehicles or other large and bulky items.
Unfortunately we have found that many families in need of this program for their loved one cannot afford the start-up fee of $300. Therefore we are also asking for cash/check donations from individuals and business that will allow us to design affordable payment plans as well as sponsorships for those that need the assistance. You may also go online to ManateeCountySAR.org and click on the donations page on the left side of the screen.
If you would like more information about Project Lifesaver or would like to enroll a loved one please contact MCSAR at ProjectLifesaver@ManateeCountySAR.orgor call 941-254-6490 ext. 2.
Introducing "Project Lifesaver"!
Project Lifesaver is an innovative and rapidly growing program aiding the victims and families suffering Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders such as Down's Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Project Lifesaver uses state-of-the-art technology employing wristband transmitters to locate wandering and lost adults and children. Over 5,000,000 people in the USA have Alzheimer's. That number will triple by 2050. Well over 50% of these people wander and become lost. A lost person with Alzheimer's or other dementia represents a critical emergency as nearly half of them will die and many can become injured or fall victim to predators if they are not located within 24 hours. The number of people, families and communities experiencing this risk will grow dramatically in this decade. If you are not yet touched in some way by Alzheimer's or related disease, chances are you will be within the next several years. You will find it among neighbors, your friends, co-workers and their families, and perhaps within your own family.