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Walking for Alzheimer’s Victims

Participants in the Alzheimer’s Walk pose for a group photo before setting off on a hike along Valley Park’s walking trails.

Approximately 38,000 West Virginians over the age of 65 have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. As one of the nation’s top three states with a senior population, this disease is of great concern to the people of West Virginia.

To raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association, Hurricane Chapter 116 of the Order of the Eastern Star hosted a benefit walk last Saturday, April 13, at Valley Park. Unlike more competitive events, participants could walk for any time or distance they wanted, allowing for those with physical difficulties to participate.

The Alzheimer’s Walk, which is the first of its kind hosted by the Hurricane Eastern Star, was a great success, raising almost $1,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association. In addition to individual participants, local businesses were encouraged to contribute to the walk by donating and forming their own teams of walkers. Four employees of the Teays Valley McDonalds formed a team to participate in the event.

This cause has a personal connection to members of the Hurricane Chapter 116 of the Eastern Star. “I lost my mom to Alzheimer’s in 2016 and the Alzheimer’s Association is really dear to my heart,” said Sandy Payne, Worthy Matron.

Representatives with the West Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association were present at the event to raise awareness about the disease and help give out goody bags to participants.

“We thank you all for coming out,” said Abigail Ventura, an Alzheimer’s Association representative. “We are able to do what we do at the Alzheimer’s Association because of you all and these great events.”

Employees of Teays Valley McDonalds formed a team of walkers. Shown above, from left to right, are Brittany White, Spring Nelson, Matthew Coles, and Carmella DeNard.
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