When Maggie Campbell’s mother-in-law, Nancy Drapeau, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease last summer at age 59, Campbell decided she wanted to do something to help. Originally from Omaha, Neb., Campbell is a bookbinder and letterpress printer in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Inspired by her mother-in-law’s garden in Dubuque, Iowa, Campbell designed and created a set of limited edition, handmade 2013 calendars and perpetual calendar books to raise money to fight Alzheimer’s disease. The calendars are hand-printed and bound into an accordion-fold book designed for wall hanging.
Campbell used Charity Navigator to find the right place to donate. “I was so happy to come across Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. I wanted to support an organization that was doing groundbreaking work and where the focus was so clear,” says Campbell. “This whole project is an attempt to do something to mark a new path in all of our lives, and to give back in a way that is meaningful and lasting. It has been a labor of love.”
To date Campbell has raised $445. You can see the calendars at http://shop.brooklynbookbinder.com/collections/2011-calendars. Fifteen dollars from each calendar and $5 from each book of days is earmarked for Cure Alzheimer’s Fund to support continued efforts to research, prevent and cure Alzheimer’s disease.