To The Daily Sun,
This was not just another year in my disease journey.
And, although I — like many — have been trying to fight against the insidious and negative symptoms of the disease, it's an uphill battle.
Each of the past five years, my family, friends and other people impacted by Alzheimer's (and other dementias) and, too, local businesses have rallied in support of the fund and conscious-raising event in Northfield and Franklin. The 23 "Timmons Team" members were accompanied by caring families and friends. Strangers were welcomed into the event as many also lived with, cared for, and/or knew someone with Alzheimer's or other dementias.
Every year a number of businesses and individuals are approached for a monetary contribution toward the walk/run for Boston University's Alzheimer's Disease Center and the research done there by Dr. Robert Stern and others. I have been one of their research subjects during these
past five years, and I'm glad for being so.
Hats off to my beloved family .... and to consistantly generous patrons Rob Pearlman and Lynn Chong, to dedicated photographer of give years, Ted Blackburn, and also to WRMS students Lydia Pitman, Dominic Lamanuzzi, Daisy Burns, Andrew McKinnon, Maegan Bilodeau and Noah Smith. Also to long-standing volunteers Rob Pearlman, Lynn Chong, Linda Cass, Don Couture, Jane Northcott, and Dawn Shimburg,. Staffing assist came from Gerrish Manor staff Cathy Borner and Amy Nichols; and eight special residents at Gerrish Manor. Bus transportation came courtesy of Ken Hollingsworth, Tilton School; and Brittany Briggs and Eric Kelso of First Student Bus Co. Timing was thanks to the Granite State Race Co.
Much appreciation to our financial backers: Sun Private Equities, Belknap Suburu, The Golden Crest, Northeast Delta Dental, Byron’s Septic Service, Tilton School, Grappone Companies, Generations Dental Care,Bread and Chocolate, Tilton Walgreens, Franklin Hannaford, Tilton McDonalds, Tilton Yankee Candle and The Works,Concord.
And, finally, the event was made possible thru the team effort of the Northfield ,Franklin and Tilton police departments; the Pines Community Center, and Andy Buteau, Northfield' s director of Public Works and his crew.
Congratulations to the 1st place winners Kelly Fuller and ,for the fifth year, David Audet!
All in all, over $4,500. was raised this year ! The weather was perfect ! and it was truly a TEAM effort to accomplish it!
For those who gave in advance of the run/walk — much gratitude. Tax deductible donations may yet be given: P.O.Box 284, Tilton, NH 03276
Hope to see you next year! Between now and then may research generate prevention of and/or better treatment or those of us living with any form of dementia.
- Written by Mike Mortensen
- Category: Letters
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