As the primary national fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association, Memory Walk is an annual event that brings those affected by Alzheimer’s disease, family members and the community together in a show of remembrance and support.
“Alzheimer’s disease touches many families in Portsmouth and throughout southeastern Ohio. Memory Walk is a way for the community to come together in support of these families and the many important programs and services we provide,” said Marcy Hawkins, special events coordinator with the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati.
Last year’s Portsmouth Memory Walk attracted nearly 160 participants and raised $19,000. In all, a record total of $375,000 was raised last year from five regional walks to support the Cincinnati chapter’s local programs and services and to fund national Alzheimer research. Since 1989, Memory Walk has raised more than $300 million for the cause.
Money raised at the event will directly fund programs and services of the Southeastern Ohio branch office of the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati, which serves families in Scioto, Jackson, Lawrence, Vinton and Gallia counties.
This year’s event will include a display of artwork created by Memories in the Making artist participants at USSA Adult Day Center. Memories in the Making is an art program for persons in the early and middle stages of Alzheimer’s disease or related disorders. The program offers individuals an opportunity to create and express themselves through the visual arts.
The 2010 Portsmouth Memory Walk is Saturday at 117 Market St. in Portsmouth. The length of the walk is about 3 miles. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the walk starts at 9:30 a.m.
For more information, call Jamie Williams at (740) 354-3661. You can also register online at www.alz.org/cincinnati.
RYAN SCOTT OTTNEY can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 235, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.