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Latrobe girl, 4, reaches donation goal from 50 states for Alzheimer fundraising success

| Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, 10:36 p.m.
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Lilly Myers of Latrobe has received more than $2,500 in donations to the Alzheimer's Association from all 50 states in honor of her great-grandmother Patty Lewis of Greene County, who is battling the disease.

Two donors in Vermont made for one very excited 4-year-old in Latrobe this weekend.

Lilly Myers, who set out to raise money from all 50 states for Alzheimer's research in honor of “her Nanny,” reached her goal with two donations from Vermont, said her mother, Amy Myers, 35.

In a heartfelt YouTube video, Lilly asked for help in honor of her beloved great-grandmother, Patty Lewis, 82, of Greene County, who has Alzheimer's disease.

Lilly's mother initially thought the child's efforts would garner little more than a few dollars in contributions from relatives.

But in just a month, Lilly has raised $2,562 and counting, far surpassing her original goal of $100. Myers said she knows of at least two other checks en route to the Alzheimer's Association.

“We never imagined it would get this big,” Myers said. She attributed Lilly's success to the power of “that crazy social media.”

As donations came in, Lilly colored in each state on her map of the United States and, when she received donations from abroad — Canada, Germany and Australia — wrote in the names of those countries next to the map.

On Friday night, she finally got to color in Vermont and wanted to make sure her whole family knew it, Myers said.

Lilly's fundraising efforts will continue until the Walk to End Alzheimer's on Sept. 6 at Wana B Park in Carmichaels.

She and some of “Nanny's” other great-grandchildren will set up their lemonade stand, which they've been running at festivals and farmers' markets, at the Carmichaels Coal Show Tuesday through Friday, Myers said.

The children will split the money they raise to apply it to their individual fundraising totals, Myers said.

Kari Andren is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-2856 or kandren@tribweb.com.

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