Jeannine O’Neil of Gloucester will participate in the Alzheimer’s Association Neponset Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, September 14 at Patriot Place in Foxboro. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
O’Neil has had her fair share of family members and friends be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Her paternal grandmother passed in 2003 from cancer but had dementia a few years prior, her maternal grandmother had Alzheimer’s for 11 years before passing in 2011. On February 19, 2019, O’Neil’s mother passed away at the age of 66 from Alzheimer’s after a 7 year battle. O’Neil’s father, husband, and herself were all caregivers to her mother before her passing.
“Having been through it a few times, I felt I needed to do something to try and make a change,” said ONeil. “The Walk was something that was easy to do and wasn’t a huge time constraint for me. It’s incredible to see so many people from all walks of life come together to fight this disease at one event.”
“We are grateful to our Walk participants, they are raising the level of awareness in the community and their fundraising dollars fuel our mission,” shared Ryan Vigue, Director of Development at the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter. “People of all ages and abilities that join the Walk find it to be an inspiring and empowering experience. Together, we are working towards our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s disease.”
For information, to volunteer or participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, call 800.272.3900 or visit www.alzwalkMANH.org.