Jose Belardo spent a career helping others in the U.S. Army and later in the U.S. Public Health Service.
His family is now helping him and others like him afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease.
The Belardo family of Lansing will hold a 12-hour bake sale Thursday to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association – Heart of America Chapter.
The event is part of the association’s Longest Day campaign that is held each year on the first day of summer.
“We ask people to do what they love for people they love,” said Juliette Bradley, director of communications for the chapter. “Every day is the longest day for someone with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.”
The bake sale will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the family’s home in Lansing. The address is 1280 Summit Court.
Belardo’s daughter, Morgan, and her team of volunteers are doing the baking.
“They are baking up a storm (Tuesday) and (Wednesday) and expect quite a big turnout on Thursday,” Bradley said.
Morgan, a junior at Lansing High School, aspires to go to culinary school. Bradley said people will be impressed by Morgan’s baked creations.
“Morgan has always loved baking and learned how to make (Jose’s) favorite things,” said Elaine Belardo, Jose’s wife. “She loves to bake and Jose likes to eat what she bakes.”
Elaine Belardo said Morgan will be baking a wide variety of treats, including chocolate ganache cakes, strawberry and cream cakes, apple pies and hundreds of cookies.
The cost of each of the baked items is by donation.
Numerous friends and supporters will assist the family throughout the day during the bake sale.
All proceeds from the bake sale go to the Alzheimer’s Association – Heart of America Chapter. The Heart of America chapter includes 66 counties in Kansas and Missouri.
“Elaine and Jose are amazing advocates and have opened their Alzheimer’s journey to the media on many different occasions,” Bradley said. “They are purposeful and determined individuals and we are blessed to have them as advocates for the awareness of Alzheimer’s disease.”
For more information about the Alzheimer’s Association, visit www.alz.org