Waddle to end Alzheimer's

Posted on: September 23, 2013

Join the College of the Mainland Quack Pack and participate in the Alzheimer's Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer's, one of the nation's largest events to raise awareness and funds to fight the disease. Participants on the COM team may waddle or walk the three-mile seaside stretch beginning at Stewart Beach Pavilion in Galveston Saturday, Oct. 12. Registration is free online or onsite beginning at 8 a.m.
 
The COM So Psyched Club is orchestrating donations and participation. Committed to student success and community involvement, the group was also galvanized by COM President Beth Lewis and members’ personal experiences of the ravages of the disease.
 
“I think it is important to help raise awareness, especially for some of the students who are not familiar with the symptoms, factors and longevity of the disease. The walk is also a great outlet for other students who want to show their support for friends and family who may be suffering,” said co-organizer and club sponsor Lalanya Ennis. “My grandmother suffered with Alzheimer’s for more than 12 years until it eventually took her life. I will be walking in her memory.”
 
A disease currently affecting more than five million Americans, Alzheimer’s leaves few lives untouched.
 
“We (as a group) talked about our experiences with Alzheimer’s. My grandmother suffers from it, and my mom cares for her,” said co-organizer and club sponsor Doug Alvarez. “My mom has already signed up to come from San Antonio.”
 
The family-friendly course is planned with a stroller and wheelchair-friendly route.
 
“Dogs on leashes are allowed to participate, so the walk is fun for the whole family,” said Jessica Abad-Serpas, development manager of Alzheimer's Association Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter.
 
Those who join the Quack Pack will receive a free T-shirt. The team goal is to raise $2,250. Individuals may set their own fundraising goals to help reach the team goal. When registering online, participants will receive their own Web page on which individuals may make donations in their name. To join or donate to the Quack Pack, visit http://act.alz.org/goto/quackpack.


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