Teenage humanitarian honored for work with Alzheimer’s Tennessee

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A 15-year-old humanitarian was honored for her work with Alzheimer’s Tennessee with a $10,000 check.

Alexa Austin, 15, of Newport, is one of the 16 finalists chosen from hundreds of young humanitarians during U.S. Cellular’s “The Future of Good” program. She helped raise $60,000 for Alzheimer’s research over the last four years with multiple fundraisers.

The teen said she wanted to make a difference after losing her grandfather to the disease. 

“My grandfather Austin was diagnosed with rapid onset dementia and I would visit him every day,” she shared with WATE 6 On Your Side. “Whenever he couldn’t remember me, it touched my heart because it was my grandfather and we had always been close and – one day we will have a cure.” 

Alexa says it feels so good to be recognized, but she will also continue working to support Alzheimer’s research regardless of recognition. 

The $10,000 she received for Alzheimer’s Tennessee from U.S. Cellular’s The Future of Goodwill go toward supporting those facing the disease and to research to find a cure. 

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