Walk to End Alzheimer’s


By Daily News • Last Updated 11:36 am on Friday, October 14, 2011

Courtesy Photo From left, Rachel Johansen, Cathy Meinke, Dolores Johnson and Sherri Brom walk in honor of their father, Harold Sova.

GREENVILLE — The inaugural Montcalm County Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sept. 10 raised $6,400, which will go to research on Alzheimer’s disease.
The walk attracted 67 participants. The Boys from Amsden provided music as the walkers registered.
Each walker had a personal story and reason for walking. Families walked in honor of a loved one who passed away and marked the occasion by signing the Walk Memory Quilt.
Walkers enjoyed the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail from the Greenville Area Community Center to the gazebo at Tower Riverside Park and back.
The mother-daughter team of Mary Ceccanese and Lucille Gunderson, both of the Greenville area, received the Spirit Award for raising the most funds as individuals. Green Acres Retirement Living of Greenville received the award for raising the most funds ($3,400) as a senior services provider, with the Montcalm County Commission on Aging coming in a close second. Dr. Domenico Ausiello’s team from Greenville raised the most funds as a medical services provider.
Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills — eventually even the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. In most people with Alzheimer’s, symptoms first appear after age 60.
Estimates vary, but experts suggest that as many as 5.1 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s disease.

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