Watch the WPRI Channel 12 highlights of our Walk to End Alzheimer's in Pawtucket on Sunday, September 29, 2013.
THE WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S
There still time to donate to:
Together We Can End Alzheimer's.
Thank you to all of our 2013 teams and walkers!
Donations can still be made online in support of a team or a walker.
To see The Rhode Show episode that discusses Alzheimer's and early onset
as well as the 2013 Walk click here.
A Sea of Flowers, A Renewed Purpose, A Lasting Memory
It was an awe-inspiring event on September 22 at Salve Regina University in Newport and September 29 at Slater Park in Pawtucket featuring a sea of colorful flowers. Blue represents people with Alzheimer’s disease, yellow for caregivers, purple for those who lost someone to Alzheimer’s, orange for advocates. People of all ages participated - friends, families, businesses teams, and over 100 volunteers – they walked and donated for one purpose – to create a world without Alzheimer’s. They came to support the cause, but it was more than that, it was a feeling of community, of friendship, of passion as Mike Montecalvo read the stories of the representatives during the Promise Garden ceremony in Pawtucket. Mike Montecalvo also knows first-hand the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s after losing his Mother to the disease. Alzheimer’s Association Executive Director, Donna McGowan said “she could only “imagine” that this many people would be gathered to walk for one purpose – to end Alzheimer’s disease.”
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s
Over 2000 people participated in Pawtucket and Newport to take part in the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s – we had more people than ever – a testament that this disease is not going away and that this fight is not over. We have a re-energized commitment to make Alzheimer’s a priority here for our 25,000 Rhode Islanders with Alzheimer’s disease and the 100,000 caregivers who support them. We even signed up more than 500 advocates at the Walks to raise awareness to our politicians that funds are needed.
We thank you for your dedication and generosity. The Walk proceeds enhance care and support through services like our 24/7 Helpline, support groups, educational programs, Early Stage Social Engagement program for persons with early memory loss, and for research. Our fundraising efforts must continue, more must be done to support our families and the important research that is being done by our National office. On September 22nd and September 29th we walked, but we have not reached our goal to support and build hope for those who are fighting the disease right now. Hold a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association – with your help from now until December, we will exceed our goal!
For more information about events, programs, and fundraising, go to alz.org/ri or call 1-800-272-3900.
Alzheimer’s Association - Rhode Island Chapter
245 Waterman Street, Suite 306
Providence, RI 02906