Why I Walk Wednesday with Janet Eubank

30 Nov why-i-walk-wednesday_janeteubank

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We are walking in the Walk to honor my mother; Jean Emmel who suffered from Alzheimer’s for 10 years. She always had a smile on her face even when she wasn’t sure just who I was and thought my children who have grandchildren of their own were still young at home. Mother passed away in 2015. We don’t want anyone else to forget who they are or who we are, so join us in our fight against Alzheimers.

Janet Eubank, team captain of Jean’s Winners
Coastal Virginia Walk

 

How to register for The Longest Day

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To get started, select an activity you love
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Choose something you love — or honor a caregiver, someone living with Alzheimer’s, or someone you’ve lost by selecting his or her favorite hobby. From swimming to scrapbooking, you’re limited only by your imagination.

Choose a way to participate

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Start or join a team, host an event, or register as an individual. Choose the way that works best for you! Have friends and family across the globe that want to join you? Start an Anywhere Team.

Registration donation

Register now through February 28 and your registration donation is only $15. Beginning March 1, registration donation is $20. Only team captains pay the registration donation, the registration donation is not required to join an existing team. Hold your activity anytime you like, anywhere you like. Don’t wait, get started today!

About The Longest Day

The Longest Day® is a team event to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association®. Held annually around the date of the summer solstice, the duration of this sunrise-to-sunset event symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with the disease and their caregivers. Teams are encouraged to create their own experience as they fund raise and participate in an activity they love to honor someone facing the disease.

 

Why I Walk Wednesday with Stephen Opitz

23 Nov why-i-walk-wednesday_stephenopitz

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I’m walking in honor and memory of my grandfather, Robert  Painter, to help reclaim the future for millions. My grandfather was a brilliant man who unfortunately lost his battle with Alzheimer’s three years ago. By participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s, I’m committed to raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s research, care and support so we can find a cure and stop losing so many amazing people to this terrible disease.

Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.

Please join me and other Princess Anne High School students, families, and friends and walk in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and if you are able, PLEASE make a donation to help the Alzheimer’s Association advance research into methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer’s.

Coastal VA Walk
Stephen Opitz, team captain
PAHS Brain Trust

Launching Rockets for The Longest Day

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Trevor Leggette is launching model rockets to help #ENDALZ.

For The Longest Day 2016 campaign, Trevor’s Altitude for Alzheimer’s team raised $2,555.00. He has already registered his team for the 2017 campaign and, as a member of the South Eastern Virginia Rocketry Association (SEVRA), he works on honing his skills by participating in the club’s twice monthly launches.

An 8th grader at Gildersleeve Middle School in Newport News, Trevor became interested in model rockets about one year ago. He has since turned his hobby into a Longest Day activity after losing his maternal great-grandfather to a form of dementia and researching Alzheimer’s impact on the lives of the individuals and families who live the longest day every day.

About The Longest Day

The Longest Day® is a team event to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association®. Held annually around the date of the summer solstice, the duration of this sunrise-to-sunset event symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with the disease and their caregivers. Teams are encouraged to create their own experience as they fund raise and participate in an activity they love to honor someone facing the disease.

Volunteer Spotlight – Allen Perry

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Allen has dedicated the past 10 years to building the Virginia Beach Project Lifesaver Program. This is the largest program of its kind in the nation, having grown from serving 30 clients to over 340 clients today.

In the early stages of the program, Allen worked with our Chapter’s Programs Department training police officers and volunteer coordinators working in the field to recognize the signs of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. As the program grew, he and other officers began utilizing the memory fax referral program to educate families about our Chapter’s resources. That continues to this day.

When Project Lifesaver representatives are working at community events, they display our Chapter’s brochures and resource information. And, Allen has attended numerous Walks to End Alzheimer’s, Parrot Head Beach Ball Charity events, as well as our Reason to Hope breakfasts.

Most recently, Allen has been transferred from the Project Lifesaver Program to working within the Virginia Beach Crime Prevention Unit on other safety issues. While he is no longer the primary point of contact for the program, Allen continues to train recruits at the police academy about Alzheimer’s and dementia. His is a true advocate for our cause.

Thank you, Allen for your many years of service and dedication to those individuals and families in our community who are living with the challenges of Alzheimer’s every day.

Why I Walk Wednesday with Brookdale Virginia Beach

16 Nov why-i-walk-wednesday_brookdalevb

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At Brookdale Virginia Beach we all have different reasons why we support ALZ:

“I support the end to ALZ because it’s such a debilitating disease.  Supporting our residents with ALZ is very rewarding.” – Rebecca Foster, Business Office Coordinator

“Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease that affects not only the residents but the entire family.  I support ALZ to provide happiness to the residents affected and watch them smile when speaking of their memories.” – Missy Marshall, Health & Wellness Director

“I support the end to ALZ hoping to eliminate the fear and pain caused by the disease to those afflicted and their loved ones.” – Felicia Packer, Sales & Marketing Manager

“I support ALZ because it is not just a resident disease but a community disease.  The more we educate ourselves on the signs and steps of ALZ the more we will be prepared to face this disease head on and not from the shadows.” – Perry LaCore, Resident Care Coordinator

“I support the end to ALZ for a better outcome for everyone’s future.  Finding a cure would benefit those who are lost, confused, hurt, and/or angry throughout this process.  Finding a cure will give everyone involved a sense of hope and clearly understanding what is going on around them.  Finding a cure can continue to fulfill the lives we truly enjoy by doing things we never imagine doing.” – Lanice Baker, Clare Bridge Program Coordinator

Brookdale Virginia Beach – Clarebridge Forget Me Nots
Diamond National Team
Le’Anne Bailey Hayes, team captain

Why I Walk Wednesday Kristen Simonette Messmore

9 Nov why-i-walk-wednesday_-kristensimonettemessmore

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I’m walking in honor of my dad who had Alzheimer’s for 8-10 years.  He passed away just 2 days shy of his 74th birthday.  He was looking forward to creating some incredible memories in his retirement.  Because of this terrible disease, he lost the ability to do most of the things he loved to travel, drive, or visit the Elks.

I’m so sad that my dad didn’t have the opportunity to be the grandpa he wanted to be and that my kids won’t remember what he was like when he was well.  I miss being able to talk with him like we used to about cars, life, & travel.  This disease has robbed us all of so much.

I walk in hopes that no one else will have to suffer through this disease, so that others will have the retirement they had hoped for, been the grandpa they had wanted to be, and continue to have conversations with their kids about travel, life, and cars, so that no one else will be robbed like we were.

I walk so that we can raise the funds needed to put an end to Alzheimer’s so no one else will have to experience the grief that we have.

Coastal VA Walk
Simi’s Buds Team
Kristen Simonette Messmore, team captain