Our History

Our History began when founders Jacquelyn Seth and CaSaundra Bush realized the need for education, awareness and support both emotionally and financially in the African-American community after dealing with the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease to their families after each had a grandparent diagnosed.

CAN Dream believes that by raising awareness and involvement in the community around Alzheimer’s disease and supporting those diagnosed, as well as their families and caregivers, we will:

          – Help remove the stigma of the disease 
          – Encourage utilization of available resources and support 
          – Improve the health and quality of life for people overall 

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Mission & Vision

Our Mission is to provide educational outreach to students about Alzheimer’s disease.
Our Vision
is to ignite students’ interest in finding solutions that reduce the burden of Alzheimer’s on society.

Goals

Empower students to be active participants in the Alzheimer’s movement
Encourage students to be change agents for Alzheimer’s in their community
Increase the pipeline of students into STEM careers or other innovative fields that would positively impact Alzheimer’s disease
Cultivate resources to achieve the CAN Dream mission 

Mentoring & Scholarship

There is a prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in African-Americans and Hispanics. Studies conclude that African-Americans are twice as likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other dementias as older whites. This appears not to be because of genetic factors, but rather as a result of health conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes that may increase one’s risk for Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. These conditions are more prevalent in African-American and Hispanic people. In addition, there is evidence that misdiagnoses of this Alzheimer’s are more common among older African-Americans and Hispanics.

Recognizing this, CAN Dream Foundation has created a program to increase the awareness of Alzheimer’s disease for students. CAN Dream educates students about the areas of the brain that Alzheimer’s affects brain affected by Alzheimer’s, as well as how to (1) recognize the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, (2) understanding ways to reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and (3) how the disease affects society as a whole.

In an effort to encourage minority high school students, to express their thoughts about the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and engage the younger generation in this cause, CAN Dream is pleased to offer the CAN Dream Foundation Alzheimer’s Awareness Scholarship.

MERIT

The Medical Education  Resources Initiative for Teens  (MERIT) aims to eliminate health  care disparities by transforming  under‐represented high school  students into health care  leaders. To that end, MERIT  creates a holistic support system  to change the trajectory of our  scholars’ lives. CAN Dream provides  Alzheimer’s Awareness sessions  along with professional  development guidance to equip these students with the  knowledge and skills necessary to successfully complete their summer internships and encourage them to pursue a focus in medicine that can directly benefit those with Alzheimer’s disease.

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If you are interested in applying to our scholarship program complete the application below and send to contactus@candream.org .
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CAN Dream Foundation Alzheimer’s Awareness College Scholarship

Service Learning Activity

CAN Dream offers opportunities for  students to complete service  learning requirements by providing  education and advocacy about  Alzheimer’s disease.  

-Students will  learn about Alzheimer’s disease and  the health disparity among  minorities.

-Students will become  aware of the systemic issue  associated with the effects of  Alzheimer’s on society.

-Students work to create and  administer communication plans of Alzheimer’s educational materials to  be shared with CAN Dream  supporters, members of the  community, and other students and teachers at their schools.

-Students  are tasked with writing letters to  legislators about the need for  increased funds to support  Alzheimer’s research and caregivers thus engaging students in high  quality service‐learning that assists in developing and sharpening reading and writing skills.

-Students will spend time reflecting  on the burden of Alzheimer’s on society and how they can help make  a difference in their community.

-Students will participate in existing  CAN Dream activities and board  meetings to help develop their  understanding of community  partnerships.

MACAB

The Johns Hopkins Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) recognizes the need to maintain an effective and mutually satisfying partnership with the community its serves. To that end, a Memory and Aging Community Advisory Board (MACAB) has been formed. It is comprised of local community leaders with an interest in dementia, including representatives of the minority community (i.e., pastoral leaders, heads of community organizations, health officials from State/City/County Departments, political leaders, representatives of the Alzheimer’s Association, and families of patients who have been affected by Alzheimer’s Disease).

CAN Dream Foundation is a member of the community board and strives to educate, recruit and communicate about research and revise research procedures with community goals and needs in mind.

Our Team 

Jacquelyn Seth
Jacquelyn Seth Founder & President

Jacquelyn Seth is the founder of Curing Alzheimer’s Now (CAN) Dream Foundation. CAN Dream was started in 2007 after the passing of Jacquelyn’s grandmother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Jacquelyn witnessed the devastating effects of the disease on her family and the lack of discussion and support in the African-American community for those dealing with the disease. She then set out to help remove the stigma of Alzheimer’s disease and increase awareness and involvement among African-Americans and other diverse communities of the disease.

Jacquelyn participates in local health fairs and currently sits on the board of the Johns Hopkins University Memory and Aging Community Advisory Board (MACAB). Through Jacquelyn’s leadership, CAN Dream is partnering with the Medical Education Resource Initiative for Teens (MERIT) by providing professional development training and Alzheimer’s awareness seminars to teens interested in pursuing careers in medicine.

Jacquelyn holds a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health and a Master of Science in Industrial Technology with a concentration in Manufacturing Technology from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

Rochelle Brown is a physician advisor at Executive Health Resources, an Optum company, where she provides medical necessity and clinical compliance expertise to hospitals and health care systems across the country.  Previously, she spent over 20 years in academia as an internist providing care to diverse patient populations in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Baltimore, MD, as well as teaching medical students and residents.  Having witnessed the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on patients, as well as on her own family. Dr. Brown enthusiastically became involved with CAN Dream and its efforts to increase awareness of the disease among African-Americans and other diverse communities, as well as providing outreach to students aspiring to careers in medicine.

Dr. Brown holds a Bachelor of the Arts in Psychology from Northwestern University, Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) from the University of Kentucky, and a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation with a concentration in Public Health Research from New York University.

Rochelle Brown, M.D., M.S.
Rochelle Brown, M.D., M.S.Board Member
Brandy Blair
Brandy BlairBoard Member

Brandy was born and raised in Baltimore, MD where she graduated from the A-Course engineering program at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.  She went on to graduate magna cum laude from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, NC with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering.  

Brandy is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, where she was an advisor for Delta GEMS (a mentoring program for girls ages 14-18) and piloted and served as the national program lead for TORCH (Taking Ownership and Responsibility for Childhood Health).

Brandy spends her professional days as the Large Bank Supervision Administrative Officer for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in the District of Columbia, but dedicates almost as much time to her passion for health and fitness.  She has provided encouragement, nutritional consultations and advice, and personal training services under the designation of Braveheart Fitness.

Brandy’s propensity for mentoring and educating African-American youth coupled with her passion for physical and mental health have resulted in her contributions as a board member for CAN (Cure Alzheimer’s Now) Dream Foundation. The onset of dementia in her grandmother in 2014 further fuels her desire to find a cure and facilitate education, awareness, and family resources related to Alzheimer’s disease.

Randy is the President & CEO of Blacktop Omnimedia LLC (the parent company of BlacktopTV & Blacktop Government Solutions).  He has earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Hampton University; Master of Science in Information Systems from Seton Hall University; and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland College Park.  

Mr. Mortis is a member of the Hampton University Computer Science Advisory Council, Johns Hopkins Memory Aging Community Advisory Board (MACAB). As a board member, Mr. Mortis is able to use education as the catalyst to facilitate early awareness of Alzheimer’s disease to students as well as introduce the prospect of pursuing clinical research as part of higher education.

Randy Mortis
Randy MortisBoard Member
Dr. LaRease N. Thomas
Dr. LaRease N. ThomasBoard Member

La Rease  is a Human Resources Manager at a Fortune 500 company and the owner of Become, LLC, a career and leadership development firm.  She holds a Bachelor of the Arts in Psychology as well as an Master of Business Administration in Management Information Systems from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX and a Doctorate in Organizational Behavior from Claremont Graduate University. LaRease’s dissertation research focused on career development of African-American males, particularly looking at definitions of success and the impact of mentoring on career development. She continues to use this research as a base in working with people to guide and focus their careers and prepare them to enter corporate America or to make career transitions.

 

LaRease is active in various community organizations including those addressing issues from literacy and healthcare to STEM education.  In addition to serving  on the board of  CAN Dream, she is also a board member of JANRAH,– a college preparation, entrepreneurship and empowerment program for girls of color.