Cocoa Beach Resident’s ‘Memory Mile’ Walk to Raise Funds for Alzheimer’s Research May 14
By Space Coast Daily // May 10, 2022
Florida has the second highest prevalence of Alzheimer’s in the U.S.
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA – Cocoa Beach residents will host a “Memory Mile” walk to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research at Lori Wilson Park on May 14.
The walk is set to run from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Cocoa Beach resident Cathy Czyzewski and her sister Donna Viens came up with the “Memory Mile” walk to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s research.
Purple-clad attendees will walk three miles along the beach or sidewalk from Lori Wilson Park, raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Association in honor of the sisters’ mother “Weezie,” who had Alzheimer’s disease.
“After watching my mother struggle with Alzheimer’s, my sister, Donna, and I committed ourselves to fundraise for this important cause,” Czyzewski said.
“We wanted to do something bigger than ourselves to help raise funds for Alzheimer’s care and research.”
Proceeds of the event will benefit The Longest Day, an annual Alzheimer’s Association fundraiser that encourages participants to combat the darkness of Alzheimer’s with the activity of their choice.
Although the event is focused on the longest day of the year – the summer solstice – fundraising efforts continue year-round.
“With so many people currently battling this disease, it is so important that we continue to raise awareness of what Alzheimer’s is, how it affects the diagnosed, and how we can all reduce our risk,” said Carly Wille, The Longest Day manager for the Alzheimer’s Association Central and North Florida Chapter.
“At the same time, we also need to raise funds for a cure, and thanks to dedicated supporters like Cathy and Donna, we are getting one step closer to a world without Alzheimer’s every day.”
More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, a leading cause of death in the United States.
Florida has the second-highest prevalence of Alzheimer’s in the nation with an estimated 580,000 residents currently battling the disease.
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