GRAFTON, Mass. - The cure for Alzheimer’s, and the support to families who live with it, can be accomplished one step at a time.
Grafton resident Annette McCarthy and her team, “Grafton Forget me Nots” raised $2,360 towards Alzheimer research, programs, and services for 142,000 Massachusetts and New Hampshire residents. On Sunday, McCarthy, along with Barbara Noble and Karen Kioiba, all volunteers at the Grafton Senior Center, walked three miles at the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” fund raiser at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester.
“I walked for my sister, Shirley Conway, who has it,” said McCarthy who was also joined by her sister’s daughters and grandchildren. The team raised the money by asking neighbors, friends,and sending email invitations to their site. Visitors from the senior center also filled a donation jar left in the social area.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1 in 8 older American’s, 5.4 million in total, live with the disease. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the country with no true method to prevent, cure or slow it down.
Even though the race is over, it’s not too late to donate. Visit the Grafton Forget Me Nots website and make a tax deductible contribution.
If you suspect someone you know or love might have the disease, visit the Alzheimer's Association website on recognizing the 10 early signs and symptoms.