Why I Walk to End Alzheimer’s

1 Oct

Erin Miller is the Volunteer Walk Chair for the Farmville Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. She is the Vice President of Philanthropic Service of Sigma Kappa Sorority at Longwood University. Erin is a senior at Longwood who came from Richmond. While the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is part of Sigma Kappa’s National Philanthropy, Erin has a personal passion for the cause because her grandfather passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2012 at the age of 89.

Granddad

“When my Grandfather was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s my family had no idea of what was to come. It was scary to see how this disease took over his brain. The decline was fast and caused my Granny to have to bring in nurses every day. After a couple months, my family had to make the tough decision to move him into a nursing home, where he could get around-the-clock care. He was taken care of for 4 years in a great nursing home, until his passing in March 2012. Our family still remembers him as the wonderful father, grandfather, husband and professor he was. We miss him greatly.”

The Farmville Walk will take place in front of Lancaster Hall at Longwood University, 201 High Street, Farmville, VA 23909 on October 3 at 5 p.m. (registration begins at 4:30). The Farmville Walk to End Alzheimer’s is regionally sponsored by BayPort Credit Union. Register for the Farmville Walk now!

END OF WALK FUNDRAISER: Following the walk, Chik-Fil-A®, located at 156 S. South Street, is hosting a Give Back event for the Farmville Walk from 5-7 p.m. The proceeds from this event will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association through the Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. 

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Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and is now the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.  As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond today’s more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s. Start or join a team today at alz.org/seva.

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