UPDATE: On April 19, 2015 the Reporter Times ran a story on three missing persons in Morgan County who were successfully located, but took many hours of searching, versus the 30-45 minutes it would have taken if these individuals would have been clients of Project Lifesaver. Click this link to read the entire story.
This month we are proud to showcase Morgan County Project Lifesaver, an organization that provides timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer's, autism, and other related conditions or disorders. The task of searching for wandering or lost individuals with cognitive conditions is a growing and serious responsibility. Without effective procedures and equipment, searches can involve multiple agencies, hundreds of officers, countless hours and thousands of dollars. There is no charge to any of Morgan County Project Lifesaver's clients, as many couldn't afford to be part of this lifesaving program if theyre were a fee.
Currently, there is a total of 30 Clients in Morgan County, 17 which are new 2014 clients. Of these 30 clients, 8 have Alzheimer's, and the other 22 are children on the autism spectrum, or children suffering from some form of traumatic brain injury (TBI).
In 2014, Morgan County Project Lifesaver performed 7 searches for missing people, and all searches were successful! The average time to locate a missing person was 30 minutes versus hours, days, or never finding them at all.
Project Lifesaver would like to do more!
It costs $300 to purchase a bracelet for each new client, and $32.40 a year to maintain this bracelet for the individual. With more funding Morgan County Project Lifesaver could help protect the estimated 170 children in Morgan County on the autism spectrum. It is estimated that 85 of those children will wander at some point in time. Additionally, there are 757 seniors over the age of 65 in Morgan County with Alzheimer's, of which, 454 will likely wander.
Now, thanks to the generosity of the Lilly Endowment, all donations to Morgan County Project Lifesaver will be matched 50 cents on the $1! What does this mean for you? Simple, You donate $22, and the Lilly Endowment will match your donation with $11 to cover the cost of 1 year's maintenance for a Project Lifesaver bracelet.
Feeling generous? By donating $200, you will cover the cost of a $300 bracelet for a new client, with the help of a $100 Lilly Endowment match to your donation.