Alzheimer's Association gets surprise $27 million donation

The only known picture of Helen Banas The only known picture of Helen Banas - Image Credit: losangeles.cbslocal.com

Very few knew that Helen Banas was wealthy or that she was planning on donating her entire estate to the Alzheimer's Association.  Helen, a resident of Laguna Woods wanted to do something real special for the association…a surprise $27 million gift!  Helen's connection to the association was through her mother who battled the disease until her passing 20 years ago.  Helen was her mother's sole caretaker. 

Helen kept a private and frugal life.  When she passed away a few days ago at the age of 95, she left her entire estate to the Alzheimer's Association.  This came as a complete surprise to most.  She didn't flaunt her money, she lived in a small townhouse, had very few belongings, and took the bus everywhere.

"She always said that this (current) generation was wasteful," longtime friend Lydia Rojas said.

The Alzheimer's Association called the $27 million gift "transformative".  They normally have an annual budget of $3.8 million.  The donation will help them double their outreach and help roughly 72,000 individuals with Alzheimer's.

And that's what's good,
Jon
The Good World News

Last modified onMonday, 12 June 2017 09:22
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