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(Boston) – Boston University Academy sophomore and Natick resident Max Wallack was recently named a 2009 Build-A-Bear Huggable Hero and awarded $2,500 which he donated to the Boston University School of Medicine. Wallack was chosen from a group of international contenders as one of twelve grand-prize winners to receive a $7,500 educational savings scholarship, a $2,500 donation toward a designated cause, an expense-paid trip to participate in a professional photo shoot, and the potential to be featured in the Build-A-Bear Workshop 2010 calendar. The award is designated for use by Boston University School of Medicine’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center, an organization dedicated to conducting and facilitating cutting-edge Alzheimer’s disease research as well as enhancing clinical care for Alzheimer’s disease patients and their families. This cause is important to Wallack as he frequently contributes to Alzheimer’s disease research.
“It is wonderful to see Max accept the challenge of taking charge and making a difference,” said Boston University Academy Head of School James Berkman. Wallack’s contest entry was based around his ongoing endeavor PuzzlesToRemember, a self-founded public charity which collects new and gently used puzzles and distributes them to institutions that care for patients suffering with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Wallack, who aspires to be a geriatric psychiatrist, founded PuzzlesToRemember in 2008 immediately following the passing of his great-grandmother who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Last year, Wallack was a top five finalist in the “Do Something 2008 Advertise Your Cause Challenge,” with an ad campaign that he designed promoting PuzzlesToRemember. The charity also received Honorary Mention from the Prudential Spirit of America organization.
Boston University Academy is a coeducational day school for students in grades 9 through 12. Founded in 1993, the Academy offers a “ceilingless” educational experience, one in which students’ zeal for learning takes them as far as they are capable. Academy students may begin taking courses at Boston University in their junior year, earning college credit in up to twelve courses by graduation. For more information, please visit www.buacademy.org.