UA Senior to hold Alzheimer's benefit concert - Tucson News Now

UA Senior to hold Alzheimer's benefit concert

Barroero's performance will be March 22 at 7:00 p.m. at Crowder Hall (Source: Tucson News Now). Barroero's performance will be March 22 at 7:00 p.m. at Crowder Hall (Source: Tucson News Now).
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease continues to rise. Right now an estimated 5.5 million Americans of all ages have the disease, according to recent numbers from the Alzheimer’s Association.

Now a University of Arizona student is making it his mission to raise money for Alzheimer’s research through a benefit concert.

Trevor Barroero has been personally affected by Alzheimer’s as his grandmother died from the disease. His concert will be both a tribute and a way to bring attention to the disease, in hopes of finding a cure.

 UA senior, Trevor Barroero, has been studying percussion since he was 10-years-old. Around that same time he lost his father. So his grandmother, Claudette Maddox, stepped in to help raise him.

“She was the one that was driving me to karate lessons, to drum lessons, drama, dance classes – everything,” Trevor Barroero said.

Sadly, his grandmother’s memory started to fade when he was in high school and she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, but Trevor said she was in the audience at every one of his concerts.

“Music is such a beautiful thing because it brings back these memories that are just deep within our soul. You would just see the brightness come back on. She would love the music and she would be really talkative about it after the concert,” Barroero said.

Her love for music inspired Trevor to keep pursing his dreams. He’ll take the stage this Wednesday along with fellow musicians to put on the event titled “In Loving Memory.”

The concert will take place March 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Crowder Hall at the University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music. Admission is free but a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association is encouraged.

For more information on the Alzheimer's Association click here.

The Alzheimer's Association has been recognized as a top large nonprofit to work for by The NonProfit Times, the leading information provider for the nonprofit sector.

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