Saturday, October 20, 2007

Our Memory Walk 2007

After several weeks of fund raising, the morning finally came when we would participate in the Memory Walk for Alzheimer's. It was early in the morning, dark when we woke up, but we were both too excited to feel how tired we were after a long work week. (Actually, my husband is going in to work late today as he normally scheduled to work on Saturdays.)
This is our first time participating in a fundraising event so we don't know what to expect. When we got to the Fashion Show Mall on the Strip where the event was held, we were quite overwhelmed by the number of the people who were also there; there must have been hundreds of people!! Because of the support of family and friends, we were there to walk in honor of our Uncle Frank and in memory of all the loved ones lost to the devastating disease.
Mayor Goodman and his wife began the opening ceremony. There were talented young boys and girls singing songs by Lee Ann Womack, Gwen Stefani, and even Andrea Bocelli’s Besame Mucho (sung by a 13 year old boy)—we wish you could have heard them all!
We also heard one of the best performances of the Star Spangled Banner sung by this very young girl. Her voice made the hairs on our arms stand up!
$74,000,000 was donated from all across the country to build the largest brain research center right here in Las Vegas. February 9th, 2007 was the ground breaking for the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute which will be built on a 61-acre acre near downtown Las Vegas (projected completion in late 2008).

31,000 square feet of the 67,00 sq. ft. facility will be devoted to Clinical Care (diagnostic and neuroimaging, and clinical research of chronic brain diseases including Alzheimer's, Huntington's, Parkinson's and others) while some of the remaining space will be for hosting special events, public education, fundraising events, think tanks, lectures, conferences, and community learning.
As we started the walk, tears welled up in my eyes and ran down my face. I was quite touched by all the people who were there early this morning for the same cause. All who have crossed paths with Alzheimer's in one way or another--their sister, aunt, grandmother, grandfather, uncle, brother, and/or father. Like us and Uncle Frank. It was definitely an emotional point for me to be able to walk today in honor him.
The path we strolled was one-way trail across the first and second floors of the mall, passing all the shops--never more than once. I think it took about 30 minutes--a lot longer to our surprise but it was fun. The volunteers cheered everyone along the way.
The top team and individual earners were recognized at the closing ceremony. Together with the generous contribution from Focaljet.com, Hotboat.com, our family, and friends, we raised $1,570 which put us in second place for the Individuals category! We received recognition in the Individual earner category for being 2nd top earner but it wasn't so much that we were recognized as much as how the recognition made us feel good knowing that our group effort really made a difference.

So thank you to those of you who have generously donated. We sincerely appreciate your support and we are here at the Memory Walk today because of you!!

Aaron Stoermer

Adam Jovin

Amy & Chitt Sorvongsavanh

Angeline Garbett

Brad Milton

Bryan Linington

Chris Stout

David Buckley

Dennis Huber

Diane Figgs

Don Curiel-Ruth

Dotte Kamanski

Ed Sutherland

Frances Jones

Heidi Slater

Henderson Harley-Davidson

James Diller

Jan & Nancy Fish

Jeff Haag

John & Maggie Costanza

Jonelle Lei Cachuela

Kristina Biane

Lisa Karp

Lisa Costanza

Mark Allen

Megan Kepler

Michael Nelson

Michael & Raelynn Lee

Mike Guardalabene

Robert Farrell

Rolanda Chung

Sam & Chante Fleming

Sherri Rodriguez

Todd Wilson

William & MaryAnne Jones

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Don't know how I stumbled upon this page, but I'm glad I did. Thank you for the touching story. People like you make this world go 'round! Again, thanks.

Hello Daly said...

Thank you for your comment, anonymous. It was a very touching experience and we were glad to have been a part of it!