Couple Works to End Alzheimer's Disease

Posted: Aug. 20, 2009

Jake and Jackie - Fighting Alzheimer's Disease Our intern, Jake Perten, was featured in The Weston Town Crier this week for his work to raise awareness about Alzheimer's Disease! It's a pretty charming story about how he and his girlfriend, Jackie Greb, both ended up working toward the same cause...without even realizing it...

Life is full of coincidences, and no one knows this better than Jake Perten and Jackie Greb, two 19-year-old residents of Wayland and Weston, respectively, who recently celebrated their six-month anniversary as a couple. Despite the close proximity of their hometowns, the pair didn’t meet until their freshman year of college – at Washington University in St. Louis, of all places. However, the greater coincidence came this summer, when both landed internships at separate organizations. Perten, who has a background in marketing and a passion for philanthropy, began work as a marketing intern at the Wellesley-based nonprofit Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. He soon learned that Greb too was working to cure Alzheimer’s, acting as an assistant in a Massachusetts General Hospital Alzheimer’s research lab. But it eventually became clear their work was more than mildly related. While Perten spent his days raising awareness about Cure Alzheimer’s Fund on the Web, Greb immersed herself in examining certain genes to determine whether they might be associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Her research was financially supported by Cure Alzheimer’s Fund...

You can read the full story HERE. Way to go Jake!