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January’s Burger of the Month supports families faced with dementia

Alison Stangeland helped hand over $888 to the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories in memory of her mom through the Burger of the Month program at Lacombe’s Cilantro & Chive. (Photo submitted)

With the love and light of her mother at heart, the January Burger of the Month Guest Chef in Lacombe was keen to do what she could to support other families faced with dementia.

Alison Stangeland stepped up to the challenge as guest chef, helping to create Alison’s Mushroom Melt Burger.

It included two smash patties, sauteed cremini and oyster mushrooms, green onion, and peppered bacon on a brioche bun with crisp mozzarella cheese, dijonaise, and chipotle aioli, finished with a pickle spear.

Two dollars from every burger sold is going directly to her cause of choice — the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories.

Sadly, Strangeland’s mom suffered from early-onset Alzheimer’s and passed away at the age of 63.

“I want to support the Alzheimer’s Society with their research and programs for those suffering from dementia. I hope their research keeps someone else’s mom around longer than mine.

“I really missed out on not having my mom as I raise my own family, she was an awesome person, and my boys would have loved having their grandma around.”

Dr. George Andrews, president and CEO Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories notes community donations like this one go a long way, “without support from community-minded businesses like Cilantro and Chive, we would not be able to provide free dementia-friendly support and programs to Albertans.”

Alzheimer’s disease is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that destroys brain cells, causing thinking ability and memory to deteriorate over time.

Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging and is irreversible.

Some 59,000 individuals in Alberta and the Northwest Territories are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

By 2050, if nothing changes, it is expected the rate of dementia in Alberta will rise 286 per cent. There is currently no known cause or cure for Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.

Thanks to your support of the Burger of the Month Program, Strangeland helped deliver $888 to the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories.

Thanks to the amazing support for the Burger of the Month program month after month, we have had the opportunity to give back over $155,000 to local charities over the past 84 months!

The February Burger of the Month at the Lacombe location is Dierk’s BIG D Burger, created in collaboration with local Guest Chef Dierk Lang.

Two dollars from every burger sold goes directly to Lang’s cause of choice — BGC of Wolf Creek.

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