Hudson Boys Serving up Hot Cocoa and Hope

Bedford, NH (January 24, 2013) — Brandon and Tyler Blanchette will run the  “Big Papa’s Hot Cocoa Stand” for a fifth year to benefit the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Charging $1 for a 20-ounce cup of hot chocolate, 15 year-old Brandon and 10 year-old Tyler hope to add to the $10,000 they have raised since they started their winter fundraiser.

Big Papa’s Hot Cocoa Stand will be open9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Blanchettes’ home at 62 Ferry Street in Hudson. For those unable to stop by, the boys are also asking for donations to be mailed to them at that address. All funds raised directly benefit the Alzheimer’s Association’s programs in New Hampshire.

Brandon said the idea popped in his head one day, he wanted to do something special to honor his great-grandfather, Donald Hindle, Sr., or “Big Papa.”  He lost his fight with Alzheimer’s in June of last year, but the Blanchette boys are continuing their efforts to make a difference.

“Tyler and Brandon are amazing with their earnestness and commitment,” said Susan Antkowiak, Vice President of Regional Programs for the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter. “We are thrilled not only with the significant amount of money they have raised, but the fact that they are increasing public awareness for this most challenging disease.”

More than 22,000 people in New Hampshire have Alzheimer’s disease; more than 5 million are affected in the U.S., according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Joining the boys in the efforts are  their mother Melissa and her employer, Dell, which has  matched the proceeds from the stand, and will do the same this year.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading nonprofit organization providing Alzheimer research, care and support. The Association’s mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

For information on Alzheimer programs, support groups and community resources in New Hampshire, call 603-606-6590 or visit www.alz.org/MANH

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