Thursday, August 23, 2007

Memory Walk Needs You!

Alzheimer's is a horrible disease that steals years from the lives of both the one who suffers from it and from their families. How hard must it be to have the person you love right there and not have them recognize you? My grandma was never, to my knowledge, diagnosed with Alzheimer's, but she did have trouble remembering things in the last couple years of her life. It had to be hard on my dad to go and visit her in the nursing home, only to have his mother complain about how her son never came to visit her. He was there practically every day.

In an effort to beat this horrible disease, people in communities all across America have been participating in the Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk since 1989. It is the nation's largest event to raise awareness about Alzheimer's and funds for Alzheimer's research, support, and care. Since its inception, the Memory Walk has raised more than $225 million. More is needed!

Typically, a Memory walk is 2-3 miles on a weekend morning in the fall. Volunteers of all ages are needed to participate. Most specifically, they need people to sign up as Team Captains now, so that they have plenty of time to recruit and organize their teams and raise funds. Won't you consider signing up as a Team Captain? Starting a team is easy. Invite three people, and they'll invite three people - and before you know it, you'll have a team. Recruit family, friends and colleagues to join your team - and ask for donations. The tools to help you are available on the website.

ETA: I'm not walking, but I will donate the money they are paying me for this post. So, be the first person to comment here and send me a link so I can donate to your Alzheimer's Walk.


  1. My family and I have done this walk every fall for the past few years. It's short, fun and brings all sorts of people together for a good cause. Especially good for kids to participate. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. Thank you for letting me know about your donation! I've spent the weekend trying to find a link to my Alzheimer's Walk, but have been unsuccessful. I live in a small town in the countryside, and I don't believe there is an online presence for our Walk. May I suggest you donate (in my name, perhaps) to your own walk? It's all going to a good cause!


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