Once again, Matt and I formed a team to walk 3 miles in DC at the TBD Alzheimer’s walk, honoring John Malatesta (Matt’s Dad). Due to COVID, we may not be able to physically walk on the mall this year. We'll watch the opening ceremony online, and walk around our own neighborhood, joined virtually by our family, friends, and neighbors. We hope our previous teammates will join us for the "virtual" walk, and help us to raise money. Please check out or LIKE our "Banking On A Memory" facebook page to see all of our pictures and stats from previous walks.John passed away in August 2016, just two days after his 92nd birthday. We appreciate everyone who has contributed to this cause for the past several years. In 2014, we started the walk and raised over $4010, followed by $4478, $8973, $6035, $6989, $4610, and $6,636 in 2020. The total has exceeded $41,000 for the ALZ association, with an average of $5,900 per year.
The Alzheimer's Association of the National Capital Area placed a plaque honoring John in their headquarters, due to our record-breaking donation total in 2016.
Rose will write her own story, so please read her perspective on her home page. We hope our neighbor's will join us again, and will write their story. We are truly grateful for their continued support.
Right before his 90th birthday we gave John a book of pictures we gathered of his past 90 years, and he showed it to us every time we visited. We loved that he read it very often, as it was a new experience for him every time the book was opened. Also, his wife Rose Marie reconfigured his picture albums from his life prior to his marriage in 1967. These albums include his World War II photos and subsequent 70th Tank Battalion reunion photos. John may not have remembered the name of the current President, but that didn't stop him from enjoying life’s simple pleasures.
Big Band Music was his favorite, as was watching old movies such as Gone with the Wind. The members of the 70th Tank Battalion family miss watching John and Rose Marie dance every year at the reunions. We will, once again, attend the Annual Reunion of the 70th Tank Battalion Association this September--a tradition that has carried-on for over 70 years!
If you would like to join us on our walk, we would love to have you--please be sure to register via our team page. We look forward to seeing you virtually online! In either case, we would truly appreciate your support through a donation.
--Lori & Matt
P.S. Please send me an email at BankingOnAMemory@gmail.com if you wish to purchase a gift certificate to help us raise money via Olympian's or Spartan's. Check out our Team Page for more details.
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