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The Suburbanite
  • To the extreme: Memory walk unites families in fight against Alzheimer's disease

  • Heather McKay has made it her mission to inform the community about Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss.

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  • Heather McKay has made it her mission to inform the community about Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss. “Alzheimer’s-related memory loss isn’t just taking the memories of the elderly, but adults under 65 and kids are now dealing with Niemann-Pick Disease (an inherited metabolic disorder),” she said. McKay has organized a group of locals who have lost loved ones to Alzheimer’s disease. Their team, The Mama’s and the Papa’s, will walk in the Alzheimer’s Association’s Memory Walk for Stark County in October.
    BY THE NUMBERS
    5  Years the team has walked in the Alzheimer’s Association’s Memory Walk. This year, Heather McKay of Canton and Nikki Sherepita Squires of Massillon are serving as co-captains. “These annual walks are only 1 mile, but it provides much-needed awareness, as all teams involved raise money to help find a cure,” said McKay.
    $1,600  The amount the team raised in 2011. This year, the group has doubled in size — from eight to 16 — and McKay said their fundraising goal has doubled to $3,000. The team, which consists of local musicians, will sponsor a fundraiser Sept. 15, a rock concert at the Carriage House in Louisville. “We wanted to create a fun event that is sure to help us raise more funding for research,” McKay said.
    61  Age of McKay’s mother, Carla Lash of Canton, when she died last year after a five-year battle with Alzheimer’s. “Our goal,” McKay said, “is to convey to the local Stark County community that memory loss isn’t just an old person’s disease.”
    Memory Walk for Stark County
    The Alzheimer’s Association’s Memory Walk for Stark County will take place Oct. 13 at Jackson Township’s North Park, 7660 Fulton Road NW. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., with an opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m. To make a donation to The Mama’s and the Papa’s or to participate in the walk, visit http://act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk/OH-GreaterEastOhio?team_id=34051&pg=team&fr_id=1684.
    Raise money to help fight Alzheimer’s
    A concert, Memories Rock 2012, will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Carriage House, 9033 Columbus Road NW, Louisville. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, the Sharon Antcliff Foundation for Young-Onset Alzheimer’s and the National Niemann-Pick Disease Foundation for Juvenile Dementia/Memory Loss. Five local bands are scheduled to perform, including Order 66, Apothaeon, Sicadia, Teezer, and Sins of Apathy.