“Making every step count” was the slogan of the Marysville Care Center team for this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Everett, Washington.
The Marysville, Washington, facility brought associates, their family members and residents’ family members to the Walk to support the Alzheimer’s Association. The youngest participant out on this sunny Saturday was Hattie Hartman, just 2 years old and cheering on the team members enthusiastically.
Team members wore T-shirts designed by Amanda Bates, activity assistant, who won the facility’s contest for the best slogan and design.
Marysville Care Center had done a lot of work leading up to the walk, with fundraisers aplenty, including a car wash and selling chances to win a beach basket and a Seahawks team spirit shirt.
“I have very recently lost an aunt and resident with Alzheimer’s,” said Heather Hartman, activity director. “The walk and association are a source of hope and a reminder that there are people who know the struggle and are working hard to find a solution. It’s a reminder that we are not alone and there is support available.”
Roy Johnson, physical therapist assistant, added, “The Alzheimer’s walk is close to my heart. I have lost aunts, uncles and my mom to this devastating disease. The walk raises awareness of the debilitating process that leaves just a shell of a person. It is my hope that in my lifetime we will conquer this disease.”
The center raised more than $300 for the Alzheimer’s Association this year.