The Impact of the Alzheimer’s Walk

By Ellie Reinhardt

Imagine the terror that runs through your body when your peers are staring at you with shock because you can’t remember one of your loved one’s name. Or that muddled moment when you ask a question not realizing that you have already received the answer several times.

Around 5.4 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s, a degenerative disease that people have been searching endlessly to find a cure for. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that demolishes memory along with other mental functions that are important to life. The symptoms of this disease develop gradually and worsen over time.

On September 25, 2016, at White Plains High School, I, along with many other BHHS students, participated in a local walk to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s care. The BHHS cheerleading team contributed to the notable cause by cheering on the people who were walking for a cure. People from all over Westchester County who either know someone who suffers from Alzheimer’s, know someone who died from it, or just to support the cause itself, participated in this walk. It brought the local community together to support a universal cause in a memorable and active way.

My friends Christina Salandra and Ella Gitler, who are freshman on the cheerleading team with me, both agreed that, “Participating in this event gave me a great sense of pride and joy that I could help others from this gruesome disease.” Even though this event was about a tragic disease, the overall atmosphere was truly unforgettable. Another friend of mine, Amanda Tuzzo, claimed that, “Even though I don’t know someone personally who died from this disease, I am so glad that I could come to this walk and make a difference to at this charity event.” There was lively music playing during the whole walk, and delicious snacks on tables for everyone to enjoy. Everyone who was walking had a smile from ear to ear because of the difference that the whole community was making. This walk was very inspiring and will always make me look at this appalling disease with a different outlook.

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