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22 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 20 - June 26, 1997 CAPE LIFE Memory Walk 1997 to benefit Alzheimer's Association By Rosanne Pack Those who live with the heartbreak of seeing loved ones drift into the abyss of Alzheimer's disease now have the comfort of knowing that their cares and fears are shared by many. The Alzheimer's Associa- tion Delaware Chapter has become increas- ingly active, and this year, the organization will bring Memory Walk 1997 to southern Delaware. This is the sixth year that the walk has been staged in Delaware, but the first time there will be walks in Sussex as well as New Castle County. Set for Oct. 4, the southern fundraising walk is already in the planning stages with Rep. John Schroeder as the honorary chairperson, and Josh Clen- daniel as chair of the steering committee. The two chairs are very enthusiastic, yet they come to the event from different per- spectives. A native of the area, Schroeder has long been active in events that benefit community organizations. His mQther lives with Alzhiemer's so he and his family have become familiar with the disease and with the research going into diagnosis, treatment SCEIROEDER and prevention. Clendaniel is the president of the Lewes Longneck Parrot Heads. The local Parrot tion of Jimmy Buffet fan Clubs. The clubs not only celebrate appreciation of the talent of the singer, they all are chartered to per- form community service on a regular basis. Recently Buffet declared the Alzheimer's Association as the charity of choice for Par- rot Head groups. The singer also has a par- ent with Alzheimer's. Raising awareness Andrea Carr, executive director of the state chapter of the Alzheimer's Associa- tion, said that raising awareness of the dis- ease in southern Delaware is a natural step for the organization. She pointed out that the areais fast becoming a favored site for retirees. She said many in this population have to deal with a parent or other loved one who suffers with Alzheimer's, and unfortunate- ly, a portion of the retirees will have the dis- ease themselves. "We have had a 600 percent increase in requests for services in the last year," Carr said. "This is a huge awareness event for the association, we want to share our knowledge and let people know the scope of the problem. "In addition to increasingawareness, a major purpose of the Memory Walk is to celebrate those who care for family mem- bers and friends who have Atzheimer's. We hope everyone who has concern is planning to participate." Clendaniel said that he has long been aware of the disease; however, since Heads are a chapter of a national organiza- - becoming involved with planning Memory Walk 1997, he has learned much more. He said his awareness has. expanded regarding the concern and the efforts of those in the medical field as well as regarding those who care about and care for those with Alzheimer's. He and Schroeder are both cofifident that the Sussex walk will meet the goals of at least 200 walkers and $15,000. CLENDANIEL Schroeder said that he will be encouraging individuals and groups to form teams, and set up challenges with other organizations or representatives of corporations. Clendaniel said that the Parrot Heads are ready and willing to do the walking for those who will raise funds for sponsorships. He said the group will be announcing addi- tional fund and awareness raising events betweennow and the October walk, A sense of urgency "We will be looking for ways to get walk- ers and to get sponsors as well as volunteers for other fundraising efforts," Clendaniel said. " As I have learned more about the disease, I can better understand the anxiousness to conquer Alzheimer's. There is a sense of urgency in wanting to stop a disease that robs people of enjoying their families and friends as they age." Agreeing with Clendaniel, Schroeder said, "Any small part that I can to raise money, I am glad to do. There is so much research that is needed, so much that we don't know about the disease. "Perhaps the most difficult thing is that it takes a perfectly healthy individual, and makes it impossible for them to know or enjoy the people that they care about. My mother raised six children and has 11 grandchildren, and now she can't enjoy them. It's an ugly disease; there is no other way to put it." Carr said, as the plans progress forMem- ory Walk, more and more information will be made available to those who want to par- ticipate. She said that Alzheimer's patients live an average of 14 years with the disease in its progressive stages. "That's a long time for those who love them to see them regress, to see them lose touch with their word," Carr said. "But, we will see the end of this." The Oct. 4 Memory Walk will be an 8K, or approximately five miles. Individual sponsorships are $25 and are paid in advance. The Sussex walk will leave from Grove Park in Rehoboth Beach; registration starts at 8 a.m., and the walk begins at 9 a.m. The route will include Lake Gerar, parts of Hen- lopen Acres and a stretch of the Boardwalk. There will be prize incentives for spon- sors, and food and entertainment on the day of the walk. For information on Memory Walk 1997, call 1-800-219-7666. Sussex League of Women Voters elects 1997-98 officers The Sussex County League of Women Voters elected the follow- ing officers for 1997-98 at its annual meeting on June 14: presi- dent, Francis Ann Gilbert of Mil- ton; vice-president, Elise Altergott of Millsboro; secretary, Blackie H. Nyg0od of Georgetown; trea- surer, Elizabeth Knott of Hen- lopen Acres; assistant treasurer, Esther Klima of Lewes. Elected to serve on the board of directors were Mac Clark, Elizabeth G. Hooper and Mary Burton of Rehoboth Beach; Ardyth Strohmaier of Seaford; Christine Perrone of Milford and Marian Forbes of Ocean View. Outgoing president Til Purnell was presented with gift in tppreci- ation of her services. The meeting was followed by a picnic and was held at Riverlane, home of Howard and Blackie Nygood. I The League welcomes members from all of Sussex County. It is a non-partisan, gender-neutral orga- nization which strives to under- stand and help solve some of the problems faced locally, statewide, nationally and internationally. Meetings are held every month of the year except July and August in various parts of Sussex County. International affairs discussions, held on various nights during the year, are by experts in the interna- tional field. For more information about the Sussex League, call 684-4177 or 856-2199. Do everyone in Rehoboth a favor and drop in for a walk I know, it's parking meter time. Quarters become as central to your life as reruns of the "Sein- feld" show. I have to be able to put my hands on one at all times. Sometimes when I'm stuck in traffic, I just roll quarters back and forth in my hands like the captain in the Caine Mutiny. It's very soothing. But there are a lot of things you can do in town before that 10 a.m. get out of Dodge, run for your life, nan-nan-na-na parking meter deadline kicks in. One of the thi0gs I like to do, and apparently half the population does, is walk on the Boardwalk early. The key to walking on the Boardwalk at this time is to park as close as possible so you don't have to exert yourself walking the Boardwalk. So, I would suggest you pull right up onto the fountain if you can. I always.park next to a bench and leave a card sticking out from AROUND TOWN Nancy Katz my visor that says "Coroner" or "Ebola Virus Unit." O.K., so I make a little money selling these out of the back of my car, also. But that istotally irrele- vant, egregious and prejudicial. Anyway, now you are all set to walk. But you have to have the proper outfit. And that means shorts nd a prestigious T-shirt. The T-shirt has to be from some- where exotic; it h to give other walkers the impression that you normally spend most of your time hangingj around really cool places wi really cool people doing real- ly cool things. And today, you thought you would do everyone in Rehoboth a favor and just drop in for a walk. Anything saying Key West, Flori- da is definitely in. If you add the name of a bar, say like Roberto's Bar and Grill, even if you' weigh ninety pounds, wear "Coke bottle" glasses and generally look like anyone could beat the stuffing out of you and you wouldn't in your wildest dreams step into a bar and grill, you will still command respect wearing this T-shirt. Believe me, Priscilla's Coffee House, in Ames; Iowa just doesn't cut it. O.K., so i make a few extra quar- ters selling these out of the back of my car, too. But that is totally irrelevant, egregious and prejudi- cial. low you can carry this too far. For there are some T-shirts that definitely carry an image with them, and the last thing you want other walkers to think is that you are a phony. Beware of wearing T-shirts that say Central Intelli- gence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigations or Delaware State Police. A dead give away will be your milk white skin and the extra three hundred pounds you are car- rying. So let's say you start out on your walk. One thing you have to realize is that other walkers are very into what they are doing and you have to respect their privacy. They may not pay attention when you greet them. It's nothing per- sonal. It's just that their mind is somewhere else. For instance, one day after recognizing this famous person, I yelled out, "Hey aren't you Sammy the Bull Grafano, the guy who ratted on the Mafia Don, John Gotti, send- ing him to three life terms in prison?" The next thing I knew, the guy was in the water swim- ming towards New Jersey. I can respect that kind of concentration. And yes, I sell/all kinds of swim- ming gear out of the back of my car. So what! O.K., so you don't like to walk. You can still take advantage of this situation. I usually spend the time before 10 a.m. stretching up against the wall of one of the buildings at the Boardwalk; this gives the illusion that I'm prepar- ing to walk. After an hour of pho- ny exercises, ! can relax and go . back to selling stuff out of the back of my car. See you there.