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Tullahoma's 2020 Walk to End ALZ will be a 'VIRTUAL WALK!" No Official Walk as in previous years!LL


Our BowdenStrong team has made plans where our team members have an opportunity to walk together in a safe, socially distanced environment should you wish to participate.  

As you may remember, Tom was a member of both the THS track and cross country teams so in his honor, we hope to take a couple of casual laps around the THS track at the football stadium (bring your masks)!

The date initially set of the Tullahoma-Lynchburg Walk was Saturday, September 19.  Our "BowdenStrong" teams have been made up of family and great friends so we have created an avenue that will allow us to celebrate each other's commitment where we'll honor Tom's memory and the millions affected by this dreadful disease.

Should you wish, please join us on Saturday, September 19 between 9:30-10:00 am at Frazier McEwen Park located just off Wilson Ave behind the baseball stadium.  

Barb Bowden will provide donuts, bagels, fruit and bottled water for us.  After we share those items and visit with one another (masks and social distancing please), we'll go to the THS track for a few laps honoring Tom's time on the THS track team.  

After a couple of laps (walking of course), we'll return to the park's pavilion for more visiting until our reserved time expires at noon.  

Rick Moore was kind enough to reserve that space for us and we have it until noon.  There are enough tables that our group will be able to spread out in a safe distance.

The key, of course, is that we continue our efforts to raise funds to combat Alzheimer's and to find a cure!  We've had wonderful team support in the past and hope to again in 2020 despite the many challenges this virus has presented all of us!

If you are unable to join us, we still hope you'll consider a donation to our team as Tom's family continues their heroic efforts to find a cure!


Tullahoma High School graduates from 1966-71 very likely remember Barby Brandt and Tommy Bowden.  Barb graduated in 1969 and Tommy in 1968.  The longtime school sweethearts married in 1972 and their life's journey together became one wonderful adventure after another.

Tom's career in the Army led them around the world as well as a stop in our nation's capital when he was stationed at the Pentagon.  Col. Bowden retired from the Army in 1997 and he held civilian jobs in both Houston and Jacksonville, FL before moving to Franklin, TN to enjoy their retirement and spend time with their two daughters and their families (see photo).

Their journey took an unfortunate turn when Tom developed early signs of Alzheimer's in 2013.  As the disease progressed, Tom required full-time care at a residential facility that specialized in making life with Alzheimer's the best it could possibly be for Tom and his family.  Tom passed away surrounded by family on October 17, 2018.

One of their daughter's, Alex Soffer, was the co-chair for Nashville's 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer's after taking a lead role for the 2017 BOWDEN STRONG team.  Alex and her family have now moved back to their Brooklyn, NY home where she is now a member of the board of directors for the local ALZ chapter and continuing the fight!

The Bowden family has been incredible advocates for enhanced research funding with Tennessee legislators, members of the U.S. Congress as well as with other officials on the local, state and federal level.  

A group of their THS classmates met in 2018 and decided to form a second #BowdenStrong walk team for the Tullahoma event that year in addition to their very successful Nashville walk team!

We were moderately successful with our Tullahoma team in 2018 and raised the bar when that team increased our funds raised in 2019.  We are all painfully aware of the multitude of hardships the virus has caused us but we remain committed to finding a cure for Alzheimer's and we desperately need your help more than ever before this year!  

We hope you'll join us as we honor Tom's memory and support his family as well as the millions who are impacted by this dreaded disease.  Whether you know the Bowdens or not, we hope you'll agree that supporting Tullahoma's 2020 virtual Walk to End Alzheimer's is incredibly worthy.  Please consider a donation and if you are comfortable, join us at Frazier McEwen park on  September 19 honoring our team.

Below you'll find words from Tom and Barbara's daughter, Elizabeth Paine, for their 2018 Nashville Walk team page.   It's a powerful message and remains very pertinent this year!  Our team hopes you are moved to join us as the #BowdenStrong team works hard to do our share to help find a cure!


Have you ever had the urge to comb your hair with your razor?

What about putting your pants on your arm first?

How about not being sure if you use a knife or fork to eat with, so you take a chance and eat with your knife?

What about not knowing the names of your children or your spouse?

By 2050, 13-16 million Americans aged 65 or older will have Alzheimer's disease.  That is 32 years from now - I want to see my grandchildren grow up.

Right now an estimated 5.4 million Americans have this disease.

Our dad was one of them.. 

He was 68 when we lost him..

Please join us to fight against this hideous beast.


The Bowden Family :)  


Alzheimer's disease is relentless.  So are we!  Join our team for the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's, the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research

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