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May 2021 - Volume 17 - Issue 11
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Miller, Thomason and Tell to chair 2021 Boca Raton Walk to End Alzheimer's

April 15, 2021 – Tanya Miller, Jennifer Thomason and Aaron Tell have joined the Alzheimer’s Association as the 2021 Walk to End Alzheimer’s event co-chairs in Boca Raton.

Miller, a local community advocate, said the Alzheimer’s Association has been an invaluable resource to her and her family since her mother received her life-altering diagnosis.
 
“When my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2015 at the age of 65, I found tremendous support from my community here in Boca Raton through the Alzheimer’s Association,” Miller said. “I am dedicated to fighting Alzheimer’s and pray every day for a cure. It is an honor to serve as co-chair of the 2021 Walk to End Alzheimer’s.”
 
As for what inspired Thomason, the development director for Trustbridge Hospice Foundation, to get involved, she said, “After beginning my Alzheimer’s journey with my father in 2008 and losing him 10 years later, I am dedicated to finding a cure and am proud to serve as co-chair in 2021.” 
 
Meanwhile, for Tell – the operations manager at Camp Chen-A-Wanda – it was the loss of his aunt to Alzheimer’s disease that set him on his fundraising journey.
 
“I might not have been able to accept my aunt’s untimely death due to Alzheimer’s disease, but I have learned to cope by becoming involved, raising funds and educating others,” Tell said. “I am encouraging others to join me in our fight so one day there will be a cure for Alzheimer’s.”
More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the Alzheimer’s Association reports, including 580,000 Floridians. Additionally, more than 11 million Americans provide care to loved ones with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
 
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 programs. Last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, participants walked individually and in small groups throughout their communities rather than at one large gathering. This year, the Association is moving forward with plans to host the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in person. 
“The health and safety of participants, volunteers and staff remain our top priorities as we continue to monitor the pandemic and make decisions about event details in our community,” said Stefanie Mardar, director of the Boca Raton Walk to End Alzheimer’s. “While we’re planning to gather in person, we will continue to offer options to participate in Walk online and in your neighborhood. 
 
“Families facing Alzheimer’s and all other dementia need us now more than ever – and with your support, we can continue to be there for them,” Mardar added. “Every dollar we raise through Walk to End Alzheimer’s allows the Alzheimer’s Association to provide 24/7 care and support while accelerating critical research.” 
 
The 2021 Boca Raton Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place on Sunday, Nov. 14. To join a team or learn more, visit www.alz.org/walk. 
Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®
 
 
 
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. Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s. 
 
Alzheimer’s Association®
The Alzheimer’s Association leads the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia – by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s and all other dementia. Visit alz.org or call (800) 272-3900.
 
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