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Walkers gather for the 2012 Adirondack Memory Walk at Arrowhead Park in Inlet. (Photo submitted)

The 2012 Adirondack Memory Walk included a mystery walker. (Photo submitted)

Several different t-shirts were available in 2012. (Photo submitted)

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Adirondack Memory Walk is June 21

Monday, May 26, 2014 - Updated: 10:37 PM

By MEGAN ULRICH

Express News Staff

INLET -- Inlet is hosting the Adirondack Memory Walk beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 21.

It will begin at Arrowhead Park, with registration starting at 9 a.m. The route is 2.5 miles and will be followed by live music, food and a Chinese auction.

The rain or shine event is open to anyone wishing to walk. To register online or set up a fundraising page visit act.alz.org. For event information or to volunteer, visit inletny.com or call the Inlet Information Office at (315) 357-5501.

This walk to end Alzheimer's disease is organized by the Alzheimer's Association. The event is the largest worldwide fundraiser for the disease, with over 650 communities in the U.S. participating.

Alzheimer's reaches across generations. It steals memories, alters personalities and robs dignity. Persons afflicted with the disease lose their memories, ability to think and, slowly, their overall brain function. Loved ones and caregivers must stand by and watch the personality slip away.

Anne DeFilipps knows the pain of Alzheimer's all too well. Her father suffered with the disease and the whole family suffered emotionally.

"The whole situation was, and still is, just too sad to bear. My dad was a fun-loving, family-loving man; Alzheimer's stole that. And when he was home he was such a mess that we thought we couldn't keep him clean enough and safe enough," she says.

"He died in a place he never wanted to be, and he died alone, and I have such guilt over that. I miss him every day, and I talk to him a lot, hoping he hears me and forgives me.

"He was a good man... this disease needs to be cured, or at least delayed longer. Watching your parents get old and infirm is hard enough. Alzheimer's just makes it harder, and sadder."

AFFECTS MANY

Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. There is not a known cure for the disease, which usually begins with mild dementia and worsens until the sufferer is unable to carry out everyday tasks.

One in three senior citizens dies with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia. There is ongoing research that has helped develop treatments to slow symptoms, study the development of the disease and improve the quality of life for patients.

While Alzheimer's is not generally an immediate cause of death, its complications -- such as infections, blood clots, pneumonia and compromised immunity -- often end the lives of those suffering from the disease.

The Memory Walk is not only a way to raise money to fund vital research, but also a way to connect with others who have felt the impact of the disease. Walkers raise money to fund research while also raising awareness of the disease.

RESEARCH & CARE

Organizers hope to eliminate the disease through research and to help provide the most advanced care for sufferers and support for caregivers.

Last year, Inlet participants walked in memory of Lorraine Stripp, beloved wife, mother, community member, teacher and friend, who lost her battle in 2011.

This year there is no single dedication. "We'll walk for everyone affected, for everyone that's lost someone," says co-organizer Adele Burnett.

"Everyone's life has been touched by this disease, whether directly or indirectly," says Burnett.

     

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