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Alzheimer’s Memory Walk set for Sept. 25

September 20, 2010 by Randy Keck

Special to The Community News: The 2010 Memory Walk is being held in memory of Nickie Allen, longtime supporter of of the Alzheimer's Association.Special to The Community News: The 2010 Memory Walk is being held in memory of Nickie Allen, longtime supporter of of the Alzheimer's Association.

The Alzheimer’s Association - North Central Texas Chapter is inviting area residents to help in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease by participating in the annual Memory Walk on Saturday, Sept. 25 at Weatherford College. Hundreds of walkers are expected to join this year’s 1.5 mile Memory Walk to raise awareness and funds to fight the disease. Registration for Memory Walk starts at 8 a.m., the pre-walk program begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m.

Jamie BodifordJamie BodifordJamie Bodiford Brinkley, honorary chair of the Memory Walk, recommended that this year’s walk be held in memory of long-time Weatherford resident Nickie Allen, who died tragically in a car accident on Christmas Eve in 2009. A nurse, nursing home administrator and facility owner, Allen was an avid supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association and advocate for those living with Alzheimer’s disease. She helped the Alzheimer’s Association organize its first Memory Walk in Parker County in 2000. The Memory Walk is being held in Allen’s memory, in recognition of her years of helping families in the Weatherford community who faced this devastating disease.

Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic that is now the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. It primarily affects older adults, but may strike individuals at mid-life. There is currently no cure, and medical interventions only provide symptomatic relief. It is estimated that someone in America develops Alzheimer's disease every 70 seconds.

“With 78 million baby boomers quickly approaching the age of greatest risk for developing this fatal disease, it’s time to end Alzheimer’s. If you do not already know someone whose life has been forever devastated by this disease, you will - maybe even in your own family,” said Theresa Hocker, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association - North Central Texas Chapter. “Nickie was never shy about her passion to support those faced with this horrific disease. With all of her energy and determination, she did what she could to make a difference in the lives of those facing Alzheimer’s right here in Parker County. I am delighted to be walking this year in memory of Nickie Allen!”

As many as 5.3 million Americans have this disease and more than 47,000 individuals are living with Alzheimer’s disease in North Texas. Funds raised through Memory Walk will provide support services such as a 24/7 Helpline, support groups, education programs, counseling, Web site access and care consultation, while also contributing to critically needed research.

Teams are at the heart of Memory Walk and team fundraising efforts are an important reason this year’s Memory Walk goal for Weatherford was set at $30,000. To participate in the Memory Walk on September 25, an online registration site is available for individuals and teams at memorywalk10.kintera.org/Weatherford

For more information, call the Alzheimer’s Association at 1-800-272-3900 or visit www.alz.org/northcentraltexas.

Sports Calendar

Saturday, September 20

  • Aledo Middle School, A Team Tournament at Weatherford Hall, times TBD

  • AHS 9th A and 9th B at Keller Central 9th grade Tournament, times TBA

  • AHS at Marcus II Invitational, Westlake Park in Hickory Creek, Texas 75065, 7:30 a.m.

Monday, September 22

  • Week of Sept. 22, Aledo Middle School at Burleson Hughes

Tuesday, September 23

  • AHS Varsity at Burleson, 3:30 p.m.

  • Aledo Middle School at Granbury Acton MS;
    8C, 5:00;
    8B, 6:00;
    8A, 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are tentative and subject to change. Then length of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Granbury Acton MS at Aledo MS;
    7C, 5:00;
    7B, 6:00;
    7A, 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are tentative and subject to change. Then length of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

  • AHS at Crowley;
    Varsity, 6:30 p.m.;
    JV, 5:30 p.m.;
    9th A, 5:30 p.m.;
    9th B, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 24

  • Aledo Middle School JHG, JHB at Aledo Meet McAnally, 4:45 p.m.

Thursday, September 25

  • AHS JV vs. Burleson at Aledo, 4:00 p.m.

  • Trinity Christian Academy JV at Lakeland Academy, 4:30 p.m. *District Game

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Joshua at Aledo, 7th Gym 1 & 8th MPC;
    7,8 C - 5:00;
    7,8 B - 6:00;
    7,8 A - 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are subject to change. The lengths of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

Friday, September 26

  • AHS Varsity Girls Black at Granbury Girls Tournament, Harbor Lakes through Sept. 27

  • AHS vs. Joshua at Aledo;
    Varsity, 5:30 p.m.;
    JV, 6:30 p.m.;
    9th A, 6:30 p.m.;
    9th B, 5:30 p.m.

  • Trinity Christian Academy JH vs. St. Paul's Lutheran at Aledo Middle School, 5:30 p.m. *District Game

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