By Amanda Tuzzo
Could you imagine waking up one day and not being able to remember your daughter’s name? Or the horror you would feel in forgetting how to eat, walk, and perform other innate abilities?
No one should have to experience the terror caused by Alzheimer’s disease. Unfortunately, however, over 5 million people suffer each day from this debilitating disease, which causes many to lose a portion of their memory, altering their behavior significantly. Today, especially, in an age where research and technology have allowed for great medical breakthroughs, there is a tremendous worldwide effort to discover ways to treat the disease, delay its onset, prevent it from developing, and hopefully, cure it. Many students from Byram Hills help to support this effort.
On September 24, more than 1,000 participants gathered at SUNY Purchase to walk to fight against Alzheimer’s Disease. The Byram Hills team raised over $40,000 prior to the event.
On the day of the event, flowers of different colors were distributed to participants depending on their connection to Alzheimer’s—if an individual had the disease or knew someone with the disease/someone who has died from it, or is simply just supporting the cause. The BHHS Cheerleaders were at the finish line, cheering for individuals as they crossed. This charity event helped spread awareness throughout Westchester County, taking a step closer to combating this despicable disease.
I participated in this walk, along with many other students from Byram Hills. It was truly unbelievable to see how one small walk could bring so many people together, helping to fight and support the disease. Sophomore Hallie Remnitz, who walked to support the cause, says, “The walk was so special to me because I knew that each step I took was helping the millions of people diagnosed with this awful disease.” Not only was the walk a meaningful and inspiring way to support the charity, but it was a lot of fun too. There was music playing, multiple raffles to choose from, and many tables filled with delicious food. Sophomore Sam Aberman adds that “It was a lot of fun and so inspiring to see so many people gather together fighting for one cause.”
No one should be the victim of this disease. Participating in a walk or an event to support the cause is an easy way for each of us to get involved and help. If you didn’t participate this year, participate in the walk next year—yes, it really is that simple! Let’s all join together in taking the first step to create a world without Alzheimer’s Disease!