Alzheimer's disease frightens and affects entire families, but one volunteer is doing what she can to bring the disease to public attention and establish support groups for those who provide care to a victim.

Susan Kauffmann has worked diligently to make people aware of the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorder Association - and particularly the northern Utah chapter.Besides appearing on local broadcasts to aid the cause, she researches timely issues, encourages fellow members to discuss the disease with others and also organizes fund raisers and helped write grants.

During a recent Salute to Volunteers program, it was said of Kauffmann: "Susan's determination to improve the quality of care for Alzheimer's patients while easing the care-giver's tremendous task never faltered. Her efforts and sacrifice have been heroic."