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Walk benefits Alzheimer’s research, families
by Christine Fonville
September 26, 2013 12:07 PM | 2206 views | 1 1 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Christine Fonville
Staff / Christine Fonville
McDonough Councilwoman Sandra Vincent is encouraging Henry County residents to participate in the Oct. 5 Southern Crescent Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

She said she was asked to form a team to raise money for research and her answer “was an easy yes given [her] own personal experience” with Alzheimer’s disease.

“At the age of 16, I became a caregiver to a woman who was once vibrant, intelligent and very much in charge, but I saw this disease debilitate her,” Vincent said.

She said she has met many residents over the years who have similar stories.

“A lack of resources to assist those impacted is far too common,” Vincent said. “This disease has the potential of affecting us all, whether we are actual victims or caregivers.”

Vincent said “for this reason, it is important that all Henry County residents get involved so that we can facilitate greater awareness in our community.”

Registration for the 5K walk begins at 8 a.m. at the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater in Peachtree City.

The race will begin at 9:30 a.m. along golf cart paths.

Vincent, along with other Henry County leaders including Mayor Chris Moore of Hampton, will raise money and participate in the walk on Team Henry.

Moore said the city of Hampton signed a resolution in support of the event encouraging more citizens to participate.

He said “the city is proud to show their support for a cause that needs more awareness.”

The walk is the nation’s largest organized event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Spokesman Dan Nelson says the event is “family and pet friendly and water stations will be provided along the path.”

“Prior to the walk participants are entertained by music and kids can enjoy animal balloons and other fun activities,” he said.

Free snacks are also provided to participants.

Drawings for door prizes take place after the race.

Vincent said there is still plenty of time for residents to join the Henry team or start their own.

“I encourage every resident in Henry County to show their support by participating or donating to this cause,” she said.

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