Z'Sparkle Returns to Zionsville to End Alzheimer's
Come out and support the fourth annual Z’Sparkle Party and Drag Race to End Alzheimer’s on Friday, August 9 from 7 to 10 p.m. on Main Street in Zionsville. Some of the community’s finest and bravest gentleman, including town leaders, merchants and business owners will squeeze in to sparkly dresses and high heels. For the first time, women will be competing as dudettes, dressed up as men. The dudettes and dragsters will gear up and race towards the finish line for a cure to end Alzheimer’s.
The event is free and open to the public. There will be a VIP Tent (for those 21 and over) that opens at 7 p.m. There will be food, a cash bar and music in the VIP Tent and admission is $10. The race starts at 8 p.m. on the corner of Main and Hawthorne Street.
Z’Sparkle started in 2010 as a fundraising event for the “Lacy’s Lights” Walk to End Alzheimer’s® team. Since 2010, Z’Sparkle has raised more than $70,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter. Z’Sparkle isn’t the only major, third party fundraising event for Alzheimer’s in Zionsville. Zionsville also hosts CruZionsville, a Porsche car show that engages the community and provides awareness for Alzheimer’s. This year on Saturday, June 15 CruZionsville raised more than $11,000 for the “Lacy’s Lights” Walk to End Alzheimer’s® team.
These days technology can get in the way. People’s faces are hidden, buried in phones texting, emailing, or checking some sort of social media. People say that texting has replaced talking. We worry that people now have acquaintances rather than friends, because we aren’t connecting as individuals anymore. And it is true; technology – smart phones, computers, apple TV, DVRs, and even navigation systems – demand that we pay attention to them rather than to other people. But can technology also be a positive thing? Can it help us connect with others rather than separating us?
As I sit here in a café writing this entry, I can say that technology has been a blessing for my family since my mom developed Alzheimer’s. My extended family is spread throughout the country. I live in Indiana with my husband and children, my mom’s brothers live in New York and New Mexico, my sister is in North Carolina, and my dad is in Virginia. We communicate constantly with email, texting, and other electronic means. We couldn’t communicate instantly when we needed to, or wanted to, without today’s technology.
Personally, I also have been able to connect with others through the blog entries I write. They are posted for the world to see and read. Writing is a type of therapy for me, it is cathartic. My entries help me process the emotions I am feeling and the problems I encounter, while being a caretaker. I know my writing has touched others and helped others as well. The feedback has been overwhelming. Even if someone isn’t in the same situation, he or she can get a glimpse of not only what it is like for me, but also for others who are taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s.
Smart phones have been a blessing for my family. I send photos to family members so they can see what mom is up to. It may just be her sitting somewhere smiling, but it also could be her sporting a pretty hat while playing dress up with my kids.
I have sent videos of my mom dancing, something that she rarely did when my sister and I were growing up, but she can’t get enough of it now. If the music is on, she is either trying to sing to it, dance to it or both! I also have sent videos of her talking, just so my sister and mom’s brothers can hear her voice. Sometimes that is just what they need, just to hear her voice again, and though what she says may not make sense, it doesn’t matter. The sound of her voice is music to us.
We have tried to use Facetime to connect as well. I Facetimed with my sister on her birthday last year. I was asking my mom day just to see her face, hear her voice, and have her say “I love you.” So much happiness and so many tears all at the same time.
I have connected not only with family, but also with strangers. Because I have been very open and honest with my situation and feelings, I have had countless messages from people through Facebook asking for help and advice on how to handle situations with family members who are suffering from Alzheimer’s. They don’t know what to do and are desperate for help. They have turned to me, and I have shared my opinions, told my story or redirected them to an organization like their local Alzheimer’s Association.
Molly Godby lives with her family of four in Zionsville, Indiana. In 2007, her mother, Lee, was diagnosed with dementia with probable onset of Alzheimer's. Molly has been caring for her since. Molly is a stay-at-home mother of two. She enjoys writing, doing CrossFit and spending time with her family and friends. She also has a personal blog that you can read at www.abundantlyawesome.blogspot.com.
Join us as we Walk to End Alzheimer’s
Do you want a world without Alzheimer’s? Are you doing your part in the search to find a cure for Alzheimer’s?
Walk to End Alzheimer's® is our largest fundraising and awareness event with a goal of raising 1.6 million statewide and we need you! Join us by walking in on of our 13 Walks. It is completely free to register or start a Walk team. It is completely free to register or start a Walk team. Participants fundraise on their own in order to contribute to the cause and raise awareness of the disease. The Alzheimer’s Association provides free, easy-to-use tools, staff support and a 24-hour helpline to ensure each participant and team has a chance to reach their fundraising goal.
This year we have prize give-a-ways for our top fundraisers! If you raise $100 you will receive a 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s purple t-shirt. If you raise $250 you will receive a limited edition, high-steppers bracelet. Raise $500 and you will be awarded a Champions Club medal. When you raise $750 you will receive an Alzheimer’s hat. If you raise $1000, you will receive an exclusive Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter long sleeve t-shirt.
When you participate in a Walk your actions, both fundraising and participating, help to change the level of Alzheimer’s awareness in your community. A cure for Alzheimer’s gets closer with every dollar, email, call and walk. Join us and register for a Walk team today alz.org/walk.
We’d also like to thank the TJX company team that is led by Eduardo Nieto. Their team has already doubled their number of walkers and donations from last year. TJX Companies, Inc, owns many businesses including TJ Maxx and Marshalls. Last week TJX hosted a team kick-off which was a great deal of fun for everyone involved. There were salsa dances, floral displays and informational packets about Alzheimer’s for event attendees to read. The TJX team is an inspiration for us all, and we hope you follow their lead and get involved in the 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s!
For fundraising tips or more information about the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, please visit alz.org/Indiana or call 800.272.3900.
Alzheimer’s Association Education Conference
We would like to announce the formation of a new statewide conference to serve the needs of a wide variety of people from across the state. On Friday, April 25, 2014 at the Indianapolis Marriot North, the Alzheimer’s Association Education Conference will be a premier conference for people with MCI or early dementia, families, friends and professionals.
The conference is a day designed to inform, equip and support persons with dementia, family caregivers and professionals. National and local presenters will conduct sessions to ensure an innovative and insightful conference for participants, sponsors and exhibitors. The day will include 2 keynote presentations and a variety of breakout sessions aimed at covering information for a variety of audiences. Steven Sabat, Ph.D. from Georgetown University will be presenting one of the keynote sessions.
Request for Proposals
*As a part of the conference we are seeking qualified individuals to present sessions at the conference. Information on the Request for Proposals can be found by clicking here.
For more information about the Alzheimer’s Association Education Conference 2014, contact Kristi Ritchie, family & community education specialist at 800.272.3900 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.