I’m not an early to bed, early to rise kind of guy. My day usually ends around the same time most people’s is beginning. That goes double for Sundays!
Not today. Helaine gave me a gentle jostle around 7:30 AM. Kvetch? I wouldn’t dare. She was up even earlier!
Today was the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” at Bushnell Park in Hartford. I emceed with Renee Denino from The River (and the other Clear Channel stations in Connecticut)
I probably would have gone no matter who asked, but it was Kristen Cusato’s request. There’s little Kristen could ask that I’d refuse. She works for the Alzheimer’s Association. She has a personal connection as well.
A substantial crowd showed. There were 208 teams and around 1,500 walkers. That’s doubly impressive considering the chilly rain showers that fell.
You get to meet a lot of people at events like this. Some, like me, have family members affected. Many of the walkers are unpaid caregivers for friends or relatives. Alzheimer’s is labor and emotion intensive!
Like Juvenile Diabetes it’s likely Alzheimer’s will be cured one day. The question is how quickly that day comes. Events like today’s work to shorten the wait.