The Alzheimer's Association Greater New Jersey Chapter is spotlighting people who make a difference in the fight to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia, by participating in the upcoming 2020 Walk To End Alzheimer’s (WTEA) - the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Today we say "thank you" to Mary Hall, Pattie Robinson and Beth Bryson Beers. While serving in various capacities for several years as Committee members of the Mercer-Middlesex Walk to End Alzheimer’s taking place this year on September 12, their extraordinary passion and commitment to helping all those affected by the disease has inspired and motivated others to get involved. The expertise and enthusiasm they have each brought to bear has ensured the event’s success and propelled the Association’s mission forward.
Mary Hall, who works full-time as a teacher has been a committee member for more than three years and has held various positions. She has served as Walk chair, Recruitment chair and Retention chair and has participated in the Promise Garden Ceremony. Mary says, “I lost my father to Alzheimer's and everything I do – from registering my family team, Our Dad, Our Hero, to raising funds, even soliciting and bringing the donated food to the Walk - is to honor him.”
Despite joining the Walk late in 2019, it did not stop Pattie Robinson from making a positive impact. Pattie registered, and was team captain of, Raisin with Robinson and as owner of Robinson’s Chocolates in Skillman, NJ; her company was a corporate sponsor of the Mercer-Middlesex Walk. In addition, Pattie participated in the Leadership Roundtable at the 2020 Volunteer Leadership Summit in Florida, and is this year’s co-chair of the Mercer-Middlesex Walk to End Alzheimer’s Committee where she has recruited additional members to serve. Pattie says, “I walk in honor of my mom, who died of Alzheimer’s and for the first survivor.”
Beth Bryson Beers, an Alzheimer’s Association Greater New Jersey (AAGNJ) Chapter Board Member, joined the Walk committee in 2018. She began as an Advocate for the Walk, became Chair of the 2019 Walk Committee, attended the 2019 Volunteer Leadership Summit in Texas and is currently the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM) Advocate for 2020. She has been team captain of Bryson’s Breakthrough, and her family foundation, the James H. Bryson Fund, has been a generous donor. “In all the roles that I serve the Greater New Jersey Chapter, it is to honor my dad who died last year of Alzheimer's,” says Beth.
More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only disease among the top 10 causes that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed. Additionally, more than 16 million family and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the U.S. In New Jersey alone, there are more than 190,000 people living with the disease and 448,000 caregivers.
Register your team today. Sign up as a Team Captain or register to walk as an individual. Learn more at alz.org/njwalk. To donate, text 2ENDALZ to 51555, or contact us at email@example.com for more information.