Al Dente is a creative outlet. I make no money from it. It’s fun and, as I’ve said before, when it will disappear when it stops being fun.
No, the job that pays some of the bills around here is the one I go to each morning. As many of you know, I’m the Chief Communications Officer for the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter. I handle the public and media relations, public policy and advocacy efforts, social media, and information technology concerns for the organization. We are part of a national network of chapters united under the Alzheimer’s Association umbrella.
Each fall, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk To End Alzheimer’s unites communities across the country in the quest for a cure. It’s more than just a fundraiser. It’s our largest awareness raising opportunity of the year. Hundreds of people will gather in more than 600 places nationwide to Walk (we’ll have 1,000 in Syracuse alone). Each dollar we raised supports our dual mission of finding a cure and supporting families touched by the disease.
Suffice it to say, it’s an important cause. It’s often said in our circles that there are three types of people: people who knew someone with Alzheimer’s, people who know someone with Alzheimer’s, and people who know someone that will develop Alzheimer’s.
So, dear readers, I ask that you consider joining the Walk To End Alzheimer’s event in your community or support my Walk efforts with a donation. There’s no minimum…whatever you are comfortable donating is fine. This devastation of this disease requires a national movement to fight it. This is your chance to take action.