Not just another year with Alzheimer’s

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Not just another year with disease

This was not just another year in my journey with Alzheimer’s disease. 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/other dementia.

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 years.

And glad for being so ... hats off to my beloved family ... and to consistantly generous patrons Rob Pearlman and Lynn Chong to dedicated photographer of five years, Ted Blackburn and WRMS students Lydia Pitman, Dominic Lamanuzzi, Daisy Burns, Andrew McKinnon, Maegan Bilodeau and Noah Smith. 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. 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 and The Works. And, finally, the event was made possible through 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 first-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 sent via mail to P.O. Box 284, Tilton, N.H. 03276.

Thank you all.

Ginny Timmons