Vernon Woods Retirement Community has served as the location for the La-Grange annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s for the past several years. Debbie Jones, Executive Sales Director for Vernon Woods, said “It was such great turn out and as always we appreciate the community for support”.
The walk is a wonderful event that is held each year in about 600 communities nationwide. The walk is to raise awareness and money to help families and care givers of Alzheimer’s patients; and to support research to help bring an end to the disease of Alzheimer’s. Current data states that Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and that every 65 seconds, someone develops the disease. Alzheimer’s disease is currently the most expensive disease in America.
The 2019 LaGrange walk has been a great achievement that our community can be proud of! About 31 teams and over 550 participants combined their efforts and have raised well over $40,000 to help lead the way to Alzheimer’s First Survivor. The walk spanned 2 miles around the beautiful property at Vernon Woods and into the Buckeye Creek area.
Autumn Amos, Development Director at the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter stated; “We will be starting early next year, and are looking for new community members”. The 2020 Chairs have been announced. Tammy Malone Strickland and Debbie Malone Bazen of Sister Solutions 23 will serve as chairs for the WTEA committee in La-Grange. Both ladies have been affiliated with the Walk to End Alzheimer’s for a couple of years. Debbie Malone Bazen stated; “The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is a wonderful cause, and we are excited to be working with the committee members to drive this organization in our community.”
Support for the Alzheimer’s walk in La-Grange has grown each year. Local sponsors were Sewon America; WellStar West Georgia Medical Center; The Medicine Cabinet; Vernon Woods; Georgia Living Senior Home Care; Poplar Creek; Gay and Joseph CPA, PC; Hughston Clinic; JT Jones& Associates; Solomons; Childress Dental Center; Development Authority of LaGrange; and Mallory Agency.
Team Wilder was the top fundraising team this year. The team well exceeded their goal of $2,000. This year’s teams were; Team Wilder; Pop’s Angels and Friends; Vernon Woods Retirement Community; Chatty Women Alz Kickers; Nanny’s Angels; Edward Jones, LaGrange; Victory for Vickie; Poplar Creek, Georgia Living Senior Care; Rotary Club of La-Grange; Theta Xi Omega Chapter; Son’s of Sledge; David Christie State Farm Agency; E-Cal; Hyundai Glovis, Georgia; Paw Paw’s Posse; Faith Baptist Church; Barbara’s Loves; Walt’s Walkers; Not the Fast, But the Furious; Riddle Strong; The Hughston Clinic, LaGrange; Barber’s Buddies; Home Care Heroes; Whitehouse Riders; Autumn’s Team; Team Snellings; Banks; La-Grange Med Center; One Team Sewon; Poplar Creek; and The Guardian’s of Memory.
Many of the walk participants have been impacted in one way or another by the devastating disease of Alzheimer’s. Forget-menot flowers are carried during the walk in honor or memory of someone who has had the disease of Alzheimer’s. Five different colors represent how each person’s life has been affected. Blue represents someone who has Alzheimer’s; Purple: is for those who have lost someone to Alzheimer’s; Orange is to represent the cause and vision for a world without Alzheimer’s disease; yellow represents someone who is currently caring for or supporting someone with Alzheimer’s; and White stands for the First Survivor.
Donations will be accepted for this year’s event through Mid-December. Donations can be mailed to; Alzheimer’s Association, 5156 River Rd. Suite M, Columbus GA. 31904. If sending a check, please specify for LaGrange. A donation can also be made online. Please be sure to select LaGrange when making a donation online. Visit act.alz.org to learn more about the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
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Tammy Greathouse Staff Writer