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Rehoboth Beach Walk to End Alzheimer's set Sept. 30

Two-year-old joins the fight for Alzheimer’s first survivor
September 11, 2017

Grove Park will once again be the site of the annual Rehoboth Beach Walk to End Alzheimer's, presented by Genesis HealthCare and television presenting sponsor WRDE-COAST TV, Saturday, Sept. 30. Check-in is at 8:30 a.m. and the Promise Garden Ceremony begins at 9:45 a.m., followed by a trek at 10:15 a.m. along the Boardwalk that begins and ends in Grove Park.

"This year's Promise Garden Ceremony, which is a signature part of every Walk to End Alzheimer's, featuring fabric pinwheel flowers in colors representing each walker's connection to Alzheimer's or a related disorder, will be extra special because of a new component we've added," said Tawnya Dennis, chair of the volunteer Rehoboth Walk planning committee.

During the ceremony, walk participants who hold a blue flower have the disease or another dementia, while those carrying a yellow flower are caring for someone living with dementia. A purple flower indicates the person holding it has lost someone to Alzheimer's, and walkers holding an orange flower do not necessarily have a connection to dementia at all, but wholeheartedly support the cause.

New to the ceremony this year will be a single white flower, which will be held by a child. Two-year-old Bodie Reilly, who has been selected to carry it, is the son of Michael and Kim Reilly. Bodie's dad is the owner and head brewer of Dewey Beer Co. The Reillys lost Kim's father, John Angus, to Alzheimer's, and he is the reason they have been dedicated and passionate supporters of the Alzheimer's cause.

"Alzheimer's is a fatal, degenerative brain disease that has no cure or treatment and can't even be prevented. There are no survivors," said Jody Trinsey, the Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter Delaware/South Jersey walk manager. "But we will never give up hope that one day there will be a first survivor of this disease, so the child who holds the white flower represents what hopefully will be Alzheimer's first survivor."

Participants will have an opportunity to visit sponsor tables loaded with promotional materials and giveaways, and enjoy entertainment, including live music performed by ‘60s and ‘70s band Imagine, a Princess Belle character, snacks courtesy of Redner's Markets, coffee provided by Arena's, and raffles and prizes.

"Last year, Rehoboth walkers showed their support by raising more than $137,000 for Alzheimer's research, care and support programs that benefit 26,000 affected Delaware residents," said Trinsey. "We hope to surpass that figure this year and raise at least $153,000. I'm confident we'll meet it, thanks to the hard work of our dedicated volunteer planning committee, walkers, sponsors and our all of our other supporters."

WRDE-TV has signed on as a first-time sponsor of the Rehoboth Walk.

Anyone wishing to join any team or start their own with family, friends or coworkers can go to www.alz.org/WALK or call 800-272-3900 for more information.

 

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