NEW LEXINGTON — The Alzheimer’s Alliance of Perry County and its members held its first Walk to Remember this past Saturday. Around 100 people came to the event raising more than $13,000.
Those who pre-registered for the event met at Jim Rockwell Stadium in New Lexington. The sun was shining brightly as people from the town gathered ready to walk for those who suffer from Alzheimers disease, a degenerative and debilitating disease.
A balloon archway welcomed community members as more kept approaching when the event started at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Mindy Halasz kicked off the event by welcoming those who participated in the Walk to Remember. After thanking the sponsors of the event, Halasz reiterated the important work that the Alzheimer’s Alliance does to help its community members.
“The Alzheimer’s Alliance of Perry County was created because we saw a need for more support for our local residents,” she addressed the crowd. “All of the donations that you have given us today stay here in Perry County to help those local residents.”
Halasz also stated that the non-profit is hopeful that there will someday be a cure for the degenerative disease. A white balloon located atop the purple balloon archway was a representation for the future first survivor of Alzheimers. She also reiterated the type of assistance the organization can offer.
The Junction City American Legion Post 376 Color Guard presented the flags while the National Anthem played at the beginning of the Walk to Remember. The members from the American Legion Post included Bill Gilligan, Tim Paxton, Dave Voris and Jim Snider. Terry Halasz, President of AAPC, stated that he was very happy that the Junction City American Legion Post participated in the event.
After the playing of the National Anthem was completed, Christy Peterman was next on the microphone. Her purpose on stage was to read a poem that she wrote about her own grandmother who suffered from Alzhiemers. The poem was called Betty’s Memories, which she wrote the night of her grandmother’s passing.
“Here we are, fighting for a cure,” Peterman read to the crowd. “Yet another day goes by, another memory lost, another picture on my wall of whom I do not know at all.”
After Peterman’s poem, the crowd warmed up for the Walk. Once everyone was warmed up, walkers left Jim Rockwell Stadium and made a short journey to the Perry County Courthouse. Snacks and beverages were distributed to those participating in the walk.
Participants completed the walk when they reversed directions and made their way back to the stadium.