Last September I spent a Saturday walking in the memory of my Grandfather. He died after several years with Alzheimer’s. It was a memorable experience and I hope to do it again someday. I’m not doing it this year because of travel and pregnancy. But, just because I’m not walking doesn’t mean I wouldn’t encourage you to do it too.
There were many, many people at the Chattanooga-area walk last year, several teams of people from various health organizations and churches, even one team of family members all walking for their grandma. I was in the minority because I walked by myself, not with a team, and I admit, I kind of felt lonely.
The teams in the walk were cheering each other on, some had chants. Others were dressed up in some face paint and feather boas, sending team spirit through the crowd. It looked like they were really having fun!
It isn’t hard to get started, just head over to the Alzheimer’s Memory Walk website and sign up. Start asking friends and family for donations (they even give you email forms and form letters) to support you in your efforts. You can create a team and get more people involved (recommended team size is about 10 people). The website is full of great resources on starting a team and fund raising, so make sure you give it a good look over.
The day of the walk is a lot of fun. UTC sends over a group of sorority girls who lead every one in a pep rally. Someone from Jazzercise was there to loosen us up, and then walking was super easy, over the walking bridge and back twice. This year the walk starts at AT&T field, so the walking might be a bit different. Still a mile, but up on that big hill! Should be a lot of fun.
If you are in the Chattanooga area and plan on joining people in moving to help end Alzheimer’s please let me know in the comment section!
[tags]Alzheimer’s Memory Walk, Chattanooga Memory Walk, Alzheimer’s Association[/tags]