The inaugural Duncan Dash walk for Alzheimer’s was held Saturday at Elkin Municipal Park. The event was hosted by Chatham Nursing and Rehabilitation and the organization plans to make it an annual fundraising and awareness campaign for Alzheimer’s.
Melissa Turner, an LPN and memory care coordinator at Chatham Nursing, said the idea for the fun run and walk came about as there are not any other area fundraisers for the Alzheimer’s cause and it is one they see firsthand.
“That was really the inspiration for it just to bring about awareness and to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association,” Turner said.
The walk was named the Duncan Dash in honor of the company’s founder, Noah Duncan.
“He had a passion for this population of elderly, Alzheimer’s and aging people that prompted him to begin the center,” Turner said.
In addition to the walk, there was a raffle and cookout to help raise funds as well.
With the sun shining and walkers ready to take to the track on Saturday, Turner said she was extremely pleased with how the event had turned out.
“I am so thankful that everything has come together so well. I couldn’t have asked for better weather, for better people to help bring this together or a better cause,” she said.
Carol Stone, who works in activities at the center, said she was proud to be involved with the cause. She sees first-hand the struggles of families dealing with Alzheimer’s.
“It’s just heartbreaking,” she said.
David DuVall, executive director of Chatham Nursing, said while the walk was to raise funds and brings awareness to the cause, he said it was also a chance to celebrate and support the caregivers.
Jerry Adkins, caregiver for his wife Glenda, who is a patient at Chatham Nursing, shared a moving and powerful story of the many things he and and his wife had gone through over the years as her memory began to fail and she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. He shared some horrific details of poor treatment his wife had received at other facilities, but said he was so grateful for the staff at Chatham Nursing.
Following a balloon release, the attendees hit the track for the fun run and walk.
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