Next Saturday is the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This is the fourth year I’ve led a team on the Walk. The Striders of the Purple Sage are a hardy bunch who have a good time when we Walk together. Our daughter, son-in-law and grand-daughter will walk simultaneously in Orlando FL, connecting electronically during the morning.
We walk in memory of my mother, Rita Otting Frost, who died with Alzheimer’s Disease four years ago. Jay and I walk to honor our friend Claire and others living with Alzheimer’s Disease. Also we walk to raise awareness about the disease’s effects on society and to raise funds for the Alzheimer Association. An association support group and their educational services were of great help to my father during my mother’s illness. That service affected even me living 1000 miles away.
Here in Pennsylvania Jay and I have also from time to time contributed glass to the Northeastern Region Alzheimer’s Association spring fundraiser. “An Affair to Remember” is true to it’s name, a lovely evening with silent art auction, basket raffle, and speaker accompanied by hors-d’oeuvres. In 2011 two fused glass dishes were sold to the highest bidder. The red, amber, and olive pasta bowl had been made entirely of frit on a clear base. The short oval dish had purple and red cut pieces against an amber background.
After having reached this year’s Walk fund-raising goal during the summer, I raised it and still have $30 to reach the higher goal. Jay has $10 to get to his goal. You can contribute to a great cause at his Walk web page or at mine or to anyone on the team, which is about $300 short.
The Walk is part effort and part joy. Finding a cure and ways to prevent Alzheimer’s requires both concerted effort and creativity, much like our glass work. With creative efforts we can end Alzheimer’s one step at a time.