THE WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S MAY BE OVER BUT YOU CAN STILL DONATE.
Together We Can End Alzheimer's.
A Huge Thank You for Everyone Who Participated in the Walk To End Alzheimer’s
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s on September 21st at Salve Regina University in Newport and September 28th at Slater Park in Pawtucket united the entire community – family, friends, co-workers, social and religious groups and more in a display of combined strength, and dedication to fight this devastating disease. It was a sea of colorful flowers with the backdrop of the Cliff Walk in Newport and Daggett Farm in Pawtucket, both unusually warm and sunny beautiful September days. Blue pinwheel flowers represented people with Alzheimer’s disease, yellow for caregivers, purple for those who lost someone to Alzheimer’s, orange for advocates.
Terry Focht held the blue flower in Pawtucket, who was diagnosed in her early 50s – she was a top tennis player in Rhode Island, winning many trophies right at Slater Park. Paul Blais, one of the top teams held the yellow flower in honor of his wife with the disease. Joan Kent, a volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association held the purple flower – she lost both parents to Alzheimer’s and Jackie Waldon, Board President is a caregiver and advocate.They came to support the cause, but it was more than that, it was a feeling 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. Mike Montecalvo’s daughters and his Dad produced a public service announcement telling their story of loss for an Alzheimer’s segment about the Walk. 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.”
Over 3000 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. If you would like to contribute to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, you can donate online or mail your donation to the address below until December 1, 2014.
Alzheimer’s Association - Rhode Island Chapter
245 Waterman Street, Suite 306
Providence, RI 02906