The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants to reclaim the future for millions. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease, the nation’s sixth leading cause of death.
The Bethesda Friends and Family Team was proud to participate in the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s that was held at the Willmar Civic Center on Saturday, October 4th. This year, Team Bethesda won three awards: 1st Place in the Team Spirit Award, 3rd Place in the Total Donations Award (more than $4,000!) and they tied for 1st Place in the Largest Team Award. 100% of proceeds from this event go to the Alzheimer’s Association for Education and Research.
Raising Money, Awareness and Hope for Alzheimer’s: The Porter Family
For the past several years, Vernon Porter and his family, Marlene, Vicki, Glen and Gary, have been actively involved on Team Bethesda for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Kelly Chester, Bethesda Social Services Director shared, “The Porters have been wonderful supporters of this event, and we are so glad to have them as part of Team Bethesda.” When Vernon’s wife, Marlene, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s approximately three and a half years ago, they looked to Bethesda for help. On the Bethesda Campus, they found a caring and compassionate memory care neighborhood that provides Marlene the opportunity to live in a safe environment and continue her active lifestyle. Vernon visits regularly, often with their border collie Babes, who is a bit of a celebrity in the halls at Bethesda.
Well versed in supporting good causes, The Walk to End Alzheimer’s wasn’t the first time Vernon and Marlene raised money for a good cause. Passionate about their philanthropic causes, they’ve been raising funds for as long as they can remember. In particular, the Porter’s have been active members of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles for much of their lives. Both holding presidential titles, they were looked upon to set examples that exemplify the Eagle’s motto, “People Helping People.” Vernon continues to be active in the Eagle’s organization as he approaches 50 years of service. “I’ll continue to raise money for organizations in need as long as I’m able to.” said Vernon. Thank you to the Porter family and all other Bethesda families, friends and staff who helped raise money and participated in The Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
To learn more about Memory Care at Bethesda, please contact Kris or Becki in the Welcome Center at 320-214-5643.