AUBURN – A local home care company is on the verge of winning a grant to help Alzheimer’s patients, but it needs one last push to get over the finish line.

Out of more than 1,500 participants nationwide, Visiting Angels of Auburn currently finds itself within the top 10 in a race to obtain part of $150,000 for Alzheimer’s patients organized by Visiting Angels national CEO Larry Meigs, with the top six participants receiving part of the $150,000 prize.

All donations up to $10,000 made through Friday, Nov. 29, will be matched by Visiting Angels of Auburn Owner Debra Desrochers.

Roughly 5.5 million Americans and over 20,000 Granite Staters are affected by the disease, a progressive, degenerative brain disorder that is characterized by memory loss, cognitive decline, and behavioral changes.

“A lot of the clients we take care of are impacted by Alzheimer’s,” says Desrochers. “It’s a part of a larger national crisis."

The contest ends on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. Donations can be made online at or by mailing a check to Visiting Angels, P.O. Box 715 Auburn, NH 03032. Any checks should be made payable to Alzheimer’s Association.

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