This past Sunday, I went to Nebraska Furniture Mart in the Colony for the Alzheimer Team Captain Kick-off Party.
Each of the team captains received a goodie bag filled with water bottles, a phone fanny pack, and pamphlets on recruiting and fundraising tips.
After signing in, we gathered in this small area with other teams. I met a lovely nurse from one of the local care facilities. She has been involved with the Alzheimer walks for over 20 years. We talked about patient care, and I could tell she was so passionate about the people she has cared for. I am so thankful for our conversation.
A local Tex-Mex restaurant donated food and drinks for the party. We had eaten there before, so we knew it was going to be delicious! After everyone settled, Tara Longley, the Northwest Regional Director, talked about how much was already in place for the walk in September. Big named companies, like Edward Jones and Denbury, are sending several teams to walk this year. I was able to talk to her personally, and she said that the hope is to outgrow our present location to an even bigger one in 2018. And it looks like we are on track to do that.
We also talked about the successes of last year. Those who have been team captains for five years or longer received a journal. The longest running team captain received a duffle bag, and the shortest one received a piggy bank.
Being in a room with so many people who have a passion for finding the cure to this horrible disease was both uplifting and heartwarming. This will be our eighth walk this year, in honor of my great-grandmother, Zorie, and Michael’s dad. If you would like to donate to the walk this year, you can do so at the link below. Together, we can fund for more advocacy for caregivers and research to find the cure to Alzheimer’s!