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Memory walk raises over $2,300

Saturday, August 09, 2014 - Updated: 9:43 AM


Special to the Express

INLET -- The Fifth Annual Memory Walk for Alzheimer's took place here on a beautiful, sunny day in June, with about 25 walkers raising $2,337.

This year's walk differed in that no single Alzheimer's victim was honored. Instead, the walk memorialized those who have passed and provided support for those who are now suffering with this disease.

The Chinese Auction was popular and ticket holders won many prizes, including baskets of cheer, jewelry, a quilt, Avon and Tastefully Simple products, gift certificates for Zumba and TRX classes, a hand-painted flowerpot, and a basket for summer fun.

The organizing committee thanks Roger Lind of Inlet Golf Course for the use of golf carts so those who could not walk the distance (four miles) could still participate. Thanks also to the Inlet Parks Department employees for setting up the tables and chairs and grill.

Many pledged on-line, making the event even more successful.

Team Gaudin made a generous contribution, along with the famous "Purpleman," and the committee thanked tham as well.

Sixty percent of the funds raised go to the Alzheimer's Association. The remaining 40 percent go to the Resource Center for Independent Living in Utica to help cover the expenses of the respite care offered Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Inlet Town Hall.

As with most health-related services these days, funds seem to be continually cut. Helping Hands Caregivers, Home Aide Service of the Central Adirondacks, the Resource Center, and home health aides are trying to keep their services afloat, but are experiencing difficult times.

The respite program that services Inlet, Indian Lake, Long Lake, Raquette Lake and Old Forge is in jeopardy of being closed due to lack of funding. The program is running in the red, and the Resource Center for Independent Living is trying to find a way to continue it.

Donations to any of the above health care groups would help ensure their continuation for those who need to have this care. As to the future of the Inlet Respite Program, it is wait and see.


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