TEWKSBURY — Imagine slowly forgetting everything you once held sacred. From basic tasks, such as feeding and cleaning oneself to valued memories and loved ones, everything is gone.
For people affected by Alzheimer’s disease, this is reality. A type of dementia that targets memory, thinking, and behavior, Alzheimer’s affects more than five million people across the United States. Unlike many other diseases of similar origin, it has no known cure, and nothing can be done to slow its effects.
In order to combat the effects of the detrimental disease, people across the nation strive to work towards a cure through various fundraising events. The most prevalent fundraising effort as of late has proved to be the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
Held in about 600 communities nationwide, the goal of the walk is to advance care of Alzheimer’s patients while also funding research, as well, in hopes of finding a cure.
Since its start in 1989, the walk has seen an incredible increase in the amount of participants. In its first year, it worked with just nine Alzheimer’s Association chapters, bringing in just over 1,000 participants, but now the walk is nationwide, and it has become the world’s largest event for raising funds and awareness.
Locally, the walk has seen much success in recent years, with local residents from across Tewksbury and several surrounding communities joining forces to participate.
Last Wednesday night, people throughout Tewksbury came together on Aug. 2 at the Merrimack Valley Pavilion (MVP) for the Alzheimer’s Walk Kick Off Event, an event intended to boost local curiosity and involvement for the 2017 Northeastern MA Walk to End Alzheimer’s, held in Andover on Sept. 17, 2017.
MVP, a well-known attraction among citizens of Tewksbury, proved to be the ideal location for the event, as…