“Celebration” is not a word used very often in connection with Alzheimer’s disease. But the atmosphere of the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s is undeniably celebratory, as people come together for the common purpose of supporting their loved ones, as well as research to find a cure.
For the first time in five years, the celebration will take place again in Farmington. The walk has taken place in Festus for that time. This year, it has evolved into two walks: one here and one in Arnold.
“We outgrew our home in Festus, and we also think by hosting it in Farmington, we’ll be able to grow it as a more regional event,” said Greg Scuito of the Alzheimer’s Association, who is chairperson of the local events.
The walk is Aug. 27 at Farmington High School. The overall goal for this event is to have 35 teams with more than 300 participants and to raise $25,000. Scuito said fundraising was already going very well. “I am supremely confident we will surpass that goal,” he said. “For a first-year event it’s a large task, but I’ve seen a lot of support in the community. We still need people to help spread the word.”
Nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s takes place in more than 600 communities. It is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Scuito says it also helps to fight the stigma that can still exist around dementia and Alzheimer’s – and it’s a way to alleviate the isolation so common among caregivers.
“There’s really not a person I talk to in the community who doesn’t have a story to share about their connection to the disease,” he said. “That’s why organizations like Presbyterian Manor and our friends in the community are so important. They can help folks who are a little hesitant to come outside of their four walls to see the support they have.”
Scuito said he is always struck by the cheerful mood at the walk. “There isn’t a picture we take at the walk that isn’t filled with smiles. It can be a freeing experience.”
Fight Alzheimer’s with Presbyterian Manor
We’ve had many events over the summer to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association, including bake sales and a barbecue. We gave away baskets for Summer Fun and Back to School, and enjoyed special dinners, breakfasts and ice cream sundaes. It all leads to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Aug. 27. Please participate in the remaining events!
Aug. 9: Biscuits and Gravy, $2
Aug. 12: Jeans Day, donate a dollar and wear jeans, with all proceeds go to the Alzheimer’s Association
Aug. 22: Waffles and Sausage, $2
Farmington Walk to End Alzheimer’s
Saturday, Aug. 27, at Farmington High School, 1 Black Knight Drive
Registration: 8 a.m.
Ceremony: 9 a.m.
Walk at 9:30 a.m. Route is 1-mile or 3-miles.
Participation is free, but those who join a team and help raise funds receive a T-shirt. All ages and all abilities are welcome.