Donation expected to save lives of those with Alzheimer's, autism, dementia and brain injuries
The Anchorage Search Team has found many people who have walked away from home with the help of Project Lifesaver. The all-volunteer nonprofit search team uses radio tracking technology to find people with Alzheimer's, dementia, Down syndrome, autism and brain injuries.
"We have one individual we've saved 28 times," said Anchorage Search Team member Howdi Rambur.
Rambur says that's how many times the man, registered with Project Lifesaver, has walked away from his caregiver.
People registered are given a bracelet to wear on their wrist or ankle. Volunteers then search when they're called about a person who has walked away from home. A device can then track the bracelet up to a mile away.
The group has been awarded a $5,000 grant by the Alzheimer's Foundation of America to use for the Project Lifesaver program.
"That will be used for buying more units for the clients," Rambur said. "Some people can't afford to pay us, but we're not going to stop and not put one on them. We're going to put one on them no matter what, if we have to pay for it out of our own pocket, which we've done in the past."
Only about 40 people in Anchorage are currently wearing a bracelet, but Rambur says the group wants more people to sign up.
Rambur says the Eagles Club of Anchorage is also donating $2,000 to the group and the owner of an assisted living business just donated $1,000 in memory of her mother who passed away.
The woman was registered with Project Lifesaver and was found by the search team on different occasions.
Those who might be interested in signing up for Project Lifesaver, or are interested in volunteering can check out their website or call Rambur at 907-250-1222.
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