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2018 Walk to End Alzheimer's

Story by AV Volunteer Robert Waxman

On Saturday morning, October 20th, nine intrepid Ashby Village Volunteers, accompanied by Operation Manager Pat Carvalho and her Maltese Terrier, Lola, braved a cold East Bay morning to head over to the warmer and sunnier climes of Walnut Creek, joining nearly 2000 others in an Alzheimer’s Association Walkathon, the 2018 Walk To End Alzheimer’s! Participants were greeted by an array of booths and tables hosted by sponsors, such as other East Bay Villages, local senior and nursing care facilities, services and hospices. Bottles of water and snacks were available free to all walkers.  

The Ashby Village team at this year's Walk to End Alzheimer's in Walnut Creek.
L to R- Noni Zukin, Phyllis Isaacson, Marty Ramey, Mike Safer, Kate Sosin, Sue Diehl, Sue Tomasello, Matthew Waxman, Bob Waxman
Front- Pat and Lola Carvalho

Opening ceremonies included a recitation of the names of Alzheimer’s patients, as well as families and friends, being honored and remembered in their fight against Alzheimer’s. Before participants embarked on their walk, the event announcer pointed out a single white flower symbolizing the one Alzheimer’s survivor who still doesn’t exist, a vivid reminder that there is still no cure for Alzheimer’s and that the struggle for a cure continues. As the walk began, walkers were greeted by cheering, purple pom pom waving high school cheerleaders and the sounds of a bass drum. The drum nothwithstanding, there was nothing funeral about the morning, but quite the opposite.  The message being conveyed was one of hope, “Yeah Team!!! Victory is only a steps way. Keep walking!” they shouted!

Based on donations, the Ashby Village contingent raised $1,807 dollars. The total raised in the Walnut Creek walk has so far been $551,705.52; not too shabby for what was literally a three mile stroll in Heather Farms Park. The goal for the Walnut Creek phase of the Fundraising Event is $650,000.  Luckily, for everyone who wishes they could have particated in the event, there are still plently of opportunities to make donations.  You can still go online and donate through December 30th.  Or you can buy or take out pizza at On Fire Pizza in San Ramon, just mention Walk to End Alzheimer’s and they will donate 20% for the cause. 

The Alzheimer’s Association is a global organization, “working to advance care, support and research across the world.” It has provided more than $405 million to over 2,600 scientific proposals and lobbies the federal government regarding Alzheimer’s policy and funding affecting the Alzheimer’s epidemic.

Ashby Village says thank you to all those who donated to our team’s goal and/or walked in solidarity!