News reports describe the 22nd Annual Alzheimer's Association
Walk to End Alzheimer's as a record-setter, with over 8,000
participants at Denver City Park Sept. 17.
Residents and staff of Wind Crest, an Erickson Living retirement
community, added thirty-five walkers and runners to that total.
Along the way, they raised over $5,000 for the Alzheimer's
Association, Colorado Chapter.
2011 marked the fifth consecutive year that the Wind Crest
community participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer's.
Tom Jones is the Corporate Director of Information Technology at
Wind Crest. As one of the community's coordinators in 2011, he
noted that the Walk to End Alzheimer's is special for a number of
"Wind Crest was involved with the Alzheimer's Association before
our campus was officially open, making the Walk to End Alzheimer's
our longest-standing volunteer tradition," noted Mr. Jones.
"Whether it's with a family member or a resident with whom we have
gotten to know, many of us have personal connections that draw us
to this cause. Creating awareness and raising funds for research
are two ways in which we offer support."
In raising money for the event, Wind Crest held a series of
"Jeans Fridays" in which employees wore jeans to work for a
contribution. Additionally, vendors and staff members donated items
for a silent auction held in August, raising over $1,800.
Joining Mr. Jones on the planning committee were Wind Crest
employees Mary Pearson, Peter Ritchie and Meghan Saylor.
For more than twenty-five years, the Alzheimer's Association
Colorado Chapter has lead the fight against Alzheimer's disease and
related disorders by increasing the understanding of dementia and
its impact on family and community, providing information and
support for those affected and promoting the advancement of
For more information about the Colorado Chapter of the
Alzheimer's Association, visit www.alz.org/co.
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