Bonded by personal connections, the Harrison High School Girls Volleyball team participated in the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s event, held this year at SUNY Purchase on September 24, 2017. The team raised nearly $800 toward this wonderful cause.
The team was on hand to show support for their coach Candy Light, who has witnessed the devastating effects of the disease in her own family. In 1985, Coach Light’s grandmother passed away from Alzheimer’s. Then sixteen years ago, her own mother began showing symptoms. For the past twelve years, Coach Light’s father – who has been married to her mother for 66 years- and her family began caring for her mother.
Coach Light’s mother, Evelyn Hamilton, was a devoted Husky parent when her daughter Candy was a three sport athlete for Harrison. Evelyn was also an athlete herself, running five miles a day for over 50 years. The Harrison Girls Volleyball team will be celebrating Senior Night on October 23 with a Purple Dig to End Alzheimer’s night. The team will hold a bake sale and all proceeds as well as donations collected will go to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.
Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, 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. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease.
The Alzheimer's Association is a global organization working to advance care, support and research across the world. The organization provides in-person support groups connecting those facing the disease with a network of assistance in their communities, online education programs and message boards, and a free nationwide 24/7 Helpline offering information and referrals.
The Alzheimer’s Association has provided more than $400 million to over 2,600 promising worldwide research initiatives, brought the global research community together to create the first new diagnostic guidelines for Alzheimer’s in 27 years, and has advocated for the need and rights of people affected by the disease, the Association said on its website.
To learn more, please visit the Alzheimer’s Association website : www.alz.org