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 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 Louanne Pisano, of Linden, NJ. She is a team member of Loretta's Legacy and has achieved Grand Champion status by individually raising over $1,000.The funds raised by her effort, and others, helps propel the Association’s mission forward - accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. The Essex-Hudson-Union Walk To End Alzheimer’s happened everywhere on Saturday, September 26 but participation and fundraising continues through December 31. Due to COVID-19, the Alzheimer’s Association is encouraging participants to walk as individuals or in small groups on sidewalks, tracks and trails around their neighborhoods. A recording of the opening ceremony featuring local speakers and a presentation of “Promise Flowers” to honor the personal reasons participants join together to fight Alzheimer’s can be viewed, anytime, at: https://bit.ly/3g1l3i9
Louanne explains, “This year was my family’s first year participating. We participated this season to honor our Mom, her battle with Alzheimer's and our struggle losing her so many years before she actually passed.
The day of the Walk, we were all dressed in purple and carried our flags. We started the walk from my house and walked through Rahway Park. The cemetery where our family resides was nearby, so we continued our walk from the park and through the cemetery, then back to my house. Afterwards we had a small family gathering with champagne and food. It was nice to be able to have all of us together for my Mom's final send off.”
She concludes, “We will continue to walk each year as a tribute to our Mom and for all of those who suffer from Alzheimer's and all other dementia.”
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 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 dementia in the U.S. In New Jersey alone, there are more than 190,000 people living with the disease and 448,000 caregivers.
For more information, to register or donate, visit alz.org/njwalk.