National Volunteer Week is April 18-24, 2021. Each day this week, we'll be spotlighting one of our rockstar volunteers here at the South Carolina Chapter.
Meet Anne Mangum, our Walk to End Alzheimer's Team Retention Chair in Greenville, SC.
Q: What brought you to volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association?
A: Over 20 years ago I was ask to attend and speak at an Alzheimer’s Association meeting. At that time, my brother, Former SC Governor Carroll A. Campbell, had been fighting Early Onset Alzheimer’s for a few years.
My family carries the much feared gene. I decided to fight this terrible disease rather than fear it! I became involved with Memory Walk and started the Campbell Kids team in honor of my brother. (Today the Campbell Kids continue to be a perennial Walk to End Alzheimer's team.)
Q: What volunteer role(s) do you have with the Association?
A: I have been the Past Team Captain Retention Chair on the Greenville Walk to End Alzheimer's Planning Committee for the past 5 years. I have volunteered with many fundraising events and also served on the Board of Directors for the SC Alzheimer’s Association Chapter.
Being involved is being a true warrior against Alzheimer’s disease. It is a promise I made to my brother, and I will fight this disease in some capacity until I die or until we find the First Survivor, whichever comes first.
Q: What do you enjoy most about your volunteer role?
A: Being able to identify with those walking this last walk in life and bringing hope and help to them fills my soul. My blood probably runs purple by now!
Q: What aspect of your role do you feel makes the biggest impact?
A: Being a Team Captain and “rallying the troops” each year to raise as much awareness that we can as well as being a Top Fund Raising Team each year.
Q: If someone were considering volunteering with the Association, what would you say to them?
A: I would say, “You are joining an Amazing group of Volunteers that represent those living with AD, those we have lost to AD and to their families and care givers!” There is no better feeling than to give Hope and Help to those who need it so desperately.
Thank you, Anne, for your tremendous dedication! Your purple passion is such a key part of our Walk to End Alzheimer's
efforts each year.
Volunteers are truly at the heart of our work at the Alzheimer's Association, and we invite you to lend your unique talents to the fight to #ENDALZ! View local volunteer opportunities and get started.
The Alzheimer's Association leads the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's and all other dementia.™ For more information, visit www.alz.org or call the 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.