A Walk to End Alzheimer's raises awareness

October 17, 2017

 A Walk to End Alzheimer’s took place on Oct. 14 at the Sunland Park Racetrack.


 This walk is nationwide and helps raise awareness as well as donations for Alzheimer’s disease. 

 

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(L-R) Alzheimer's Walk participants Lavenia Vasquez, Velia Frey and Lorenda Jolly with team BobFather shirts.


This year the Alzheimer’s Association’s goal is to raise $175,000. As of this past weekend, they had already raised $120,000. 


Donations will be primarily used to educate the public about warning signs of the disease, costs and prepare families to be caregivers.


According to Sussie Gorman, Alzheimer’s Association, there has not been a cure discovered for the disease. 


She said that knowing about the disease and detecting it early are vital steps to helping people and the families of those suffering from it. Dow Farley, Alzheimer’s Association committee member, got involved when his wife was diagnosed with the disease three years ago, “My wife has Alzheimer’s right now and her grandmother passed away and she had Alzheimer’s at the time she passed away as well.

 

This is a something that is near and dear to my heart to raise money, it’s very personal, my wife is only 53, and she was diagnosed three years ago.

 

That’s kinda when I got involved helping to raise money and do whatever we can to try and find a cure.” 

 

Farley’s team goal was to raise $2,500 and so far they have raised almost $5,000. 


Melissa Campa is also part of the Alzheimer’s Association under Kindred Hospital, “Personally my goal was $1,000.

I got my company involved as well.

 

We signed up for $3,000 and we met that goal.

 

My company did a food sale, we did casual Fridays where the employees make donations and we collect and we send it in as a group to the organization.”


Lorenda Jolly, A Walk to End Alzheimer’s participant, joined the Alzheimer’s Association when her father, Robert Frey, passed away in 2013. 


“It was hard but at the same time comforting.

We were all there and my brother came from out of town and we well all there together for his last breath. We’ve been coming since.”


Jolly says that with the walk they are getting closer to finding the cure, she also believes that early detection is very important. 


Jolly added that her father was too stubborn so it was hard to get him to go to the doctor, but if they can detect Alzheimer’s early she believes those people will have a better chance.  

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