First thing I would like to address is how appreciative and blown away I was by last years support. It was truly incredible, and more details of our success is written below.
Secondly, with this years Boston walk canceled for social distancing, each team is encouraged to host their own smaller walk, I want to make it very clear, please don't participate in the walk or picnic if you feel uncomfortable, the Smith family knows you still at least sort of like us.
With that being said:
Trish’s Team is walking this year to continue to further the research done by the Alzheimer’s Association. My mother Trish was diagnosed with Posterior Cortical Atrophy (PCA) 6 years ago when she was 53 years old. PCA, also know as Bensons Syndrome is an atypical variant of Alzheimer’s that’s begins to effect vision and coordination processes first before moving to more typical Alzheimer’s symptoms. Over the years it’s been difficult to fight back against a disease with no sort of treatment or cure. As most of you know Trish has been as brave a person as I’ve ever met, meeting every day with a positive attitude and not feeling sorry for herself. She has a great support system around her with my dad and 3 sisters who all do a great job of making this struggle a team effort.
Last year, Trish’s Team raised the most money of any team not associated with a company in the whole Northeast after raising $20,000. The only two teams to beat us were State Street and MIT, not too shabby.
Most good fundraisers would say let’s beat last year but Coronavirus had other plans so we’re going to give it our best with no expectations.
The actual walk in Cambridge with the whole city of Boston is not happening this year for social distance reasons, but the Association has encouraged us to host our own, small walks amongst ourselves and teams on the morning of Sep 27.
We will be hosting a walk for just Trish’s Team members at Pope John Paul Park in Dorchester starting and ending at my house. After the walk we’ll be hosting a socially distant picnic in the park and selling picnic baskets to raise money. More details will be provided in the Facebook event page or reach out to me personally and I can send you a pdf brochure.
Hoping to see anyone that feels safe to come walk out in the lark on the 27th!
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