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Brooke Grove Retirement Village Leads During Memory Walk

By Beth Michaels

The fundraising efforts of Brooke Grove Retirement Village (BGRV) for Memory Walk 2008 resulted in more than $24,000 in contributions to benefit the Alzheimer's Association, National Capital Area. This year's total topped the amount raised by the BGRV Memory Walk team for all previous eight years and more than doubled the team's goal of $10,000! BGRV also made an additional “silver sponsor” corporate contribution of $5,000.

BGRV began this year's efforts to "D'Feet" Alzheimer's with a series of Memory Walk kickoff aloha socials held throughout its campus in August. More than 80 employees, residents, family members and community friends joined the Memory Walk team to raise money for the cause. Local businesses and resident family members also supported the campaign with generous donations.

BGRV director of marketing Toni Davis, a member Allegheny East Conference’s Reaching Heart International church in Spencerville, Md., chaired the Memory Walk planning committee and helped spearhead BGRV's fundraising efforts for the walk. "I supported this cause in honor of my hero, my father, William Straight, who selflessly served the Adventist Healthcare System and the church for most of his career and adult life,” said David. “We lost him two years ago to the complications associated with this devastating disease.”

Memory Walk 2008

During the Memory Walk on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the BGRV team of one- or three-mile walkers truly stood out in the crowd, not only because of their large number of attendees, but also because of their bright yellow "D'Feet" Alzheimer's T-shirts.

BGRV proudly stepped up to make a difference by rallying 60 walkers, including Brooke Grove Rehabilitation and Nursing Center administrator Greg Porter and his daughter, Summer, both from Chesapeake Conference’s New Hope church in Fulton, Md.; and nursing center assistant administrator Debbie Schyllander Bass and her friends, mother/daughter Lynne and Marci Corea, all from Chesepeake’s Highland View church in Hagerstown, Md.

"Alzheimer's is such a devastating disease that my hope is someone will find a cure. It's very personal for me as my own mother-in-law has Alzheimer's,” said Porter. “I walked in hope of a cure. Maybe it won't be found in time for her, but for future generations."

"I think it's so cool to be a part of Brooke Grove's dedication to this cause and to know I'm on a winning team in the fight against Alzheimer's," added Schyllander Bass.

The Alzheimer's Association is the world leader in Alzheimer's research, care and support, and is committed to finding not just the cure, but preventative methods and treatment. They report that “Every 71 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s,” and “the direct and indirect costs of Alzheimer’s and other dementias to Medicare, Medicaid, and businesses amounts to more than $148 billion each year.