Tim Welbaum and Scott Doney are joining hundreds in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease at the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Lenawee County on Sept. 16.
However, they are taking a unique approach to their fundraising: the two US Army veterans are going to be trekking 33 miles with 35 pound rucksacks on their backs from the Visiting Angels elder care facility in Adrian to the Alzheimer’s Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter headquarters in Ann Arbor on Sept. 7. Their journey will start at “0200hrs” or 2 a.m. and they will arrive at the Alzheimer’s Association later that day at approximately “1530hrs” or 3:30 p.m.
Although already committed to lives of service, Tim and Scott became passionate about helping the elderly during their deployment in Afghanistan and wanted to do more. A fellow service member owned a Visiting Angels home care agency, and inspired Tim to open up a franchise of his own in Adrian in 2017, recruiting Scott to work alongside him.
Immediately, Tim and Scott knew they made the right choice.
“Although national security work was very rewarding, it just doesn’t compare to the feeling you get when you walk into a home to provide assistance, and see a caregiver break down into tears of joy and relief,” Tim said.
After serving an astounding number of clients who suffered from Alzheimer’s or another dementia, Tim and Scott decided to take their commitment to helping seniors one step further and reached out to the Alzheimer’s Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter to get more involved.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association 2018 Facts & Figures report, Alzheimer’s represents the sixth leading cause of death in America, affecting over 5.7 million people nationally, and over 180,000 people in Michigan alone, including over 514,000 caregivers like the ones Tim and Scott interact with every day.
In the face of these dire statistics, Tim and Scott believe they can make a difference through raising money and awareness. Their goal is to raise $1,000 for each of the 33 miles they march, all of which will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
While not everyone may be able to walk 33 miles with a 35 pound rucksack, Tim believes that anyone can make a meaningful difference in the lives of the elderly and those suffering from Alzheimer’s or another dementia: “The easiest way to get involved that doesn’t take a lot of time and energy would be to donate to the Alzheimer’s Association. If you can’t make and donate physical time, donate some funds to support services and education for local families and to further research to beat this disease.”
To learn more about Alzheimer’s disease or the resources and services of the Alzheimer’s Association, visit alz.org or call the 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900. Participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s contributes to finding a cure and supporting those living with the disease. Join the fight by starting your own team, or making a donation at alz.org/walk.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Lenawee County
Where: Adrian College Campus
When: Sunday, September 16, 2018. Registration opens at 12:30pm, the walk begins at 2pm.
Contact: Marsha Oberleiter – 734.560.9598 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Ann Arbor
Where: Washtenaw Community College, behind the Gunder Myran and Crane Liberal Arts and Science Building
When: Sunday, October 8, 2017.
Contact: Maggie Gibbons – 734.369.2716 – email@example.com
About the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s:
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research. Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association mobilized millions of Americans in Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s – the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.
About the Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, call our 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900 or visit alz.org.