On Sunday September 28, Youville participated in The Walk to End Alzheimer’s. As in years past, there was a strong turnout from all over the Greater Boston area, with over 7,000 walkers showing their support.
This year marked Team Youville’s debut appearance at The Walk. Members of Team Youville included staff, family and friends representing Youville House, Youville Place, and The Courtyard at Youville Place. In total, the team was 20 members strong and has managed to raise a substantial $4,883 for the Alzheimer’s Association.
The Walk took place at Paul Revere Park, along a scenic route along the Charles. The weather was perfect and morale was high. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, the honorary chair of the event, delivered opening remarks. Mayor Walsh has been outspoken about his commitment to making Boston an Alzheimer’s-friendly city. In a Boston Globe article published earlier this summer, he described his grandmother’s long struggle with the disease and the effects it had on his family.
Nearly everyone participating in The Walk had personal connections with those whose lives have been affected by Alzheimer’s. A number of the participants actually had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
The demographics of the walkers ranged from toddlers to people in their 80s and 90s. One particularly touching display involved a garden of pinwheel flowers that each participant planted. The color of each flower represented whether the person who planted it was a caregiver, an Alzheimer’s advocate, someone with Alzheimer’s, or the survivor of a loved one. “To see all of these flowers together really helped us understand where everyone here was coming from,” says Ginger Ellis, Director of Community Life. “It was very touching.”
Team Youville walked along the Charles River in Charlestown for a total of 3.5 miles.
Among the many successful fundraisers on Team Youville, it is clear that the team member who raised the most money was Youville resident Anna Pier. As in years past, Anna posted a notice for Youville residents and wore her “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” shirt (she is a veteran participant) to raise money.
Team Youville thanks all who participated and donated in this year’s Walk.