MEDINA— Many families are coping with a loved one who has Alzheimer’s, a progressively debilitating disease.
Recognizing the need to raise awareness of the disease, Emeritus at Medina, a retirement and assisted-living facility, recently hosted the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk Kick-Off event.
The Memory Walk is the association’s largest yearly fundraiser and allows the organization to provide resources to the family and caretakers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s, said Andy Junn, the association’s development director.
Emeritus hosted a luau-themed party, as well as the Memory Walk Honoree Family— Chuck and Carol LeBeau of Medina. Each year the association chooses an honoree family who has a member impacted by the disease.
Chuck LeBeau suffers from Alzheimer’s, and his daughter, Holly Kole, was present with her children for the event.
“It’s an adjustment to the initial diagnosis,” Kole said of caring for her father. She said it was hard for her children “not having Grampy in the home.”
“It’s a journey,” she said of the experience.
Junn said the event was important for the work the association does.
“These walks, not only do they raise funds… they (raise) awareness and let (people) know they don’t have to go through it alone,” he said.
He said the funds raised through the walk will go toward giving caretakers resources, Alzheimer’s support groups, counseling services and research.
The Medina Memory Walk will be held Sept. 25. For information, visit www.memorywalk2010.kintera.org/ medina.
Contact Kaitlin Bushinski at (330) 721-4050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.