Nuzzo, a native of Struthers, has been involved in the former Memory Walk for the past six years, and has served as a volunteer for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Committee and the Alzheimer’s Association’s Forget-Me-Not Spring Gala Committee. She noted that it was the death of her mother, Louise Morell, 12 years ago that motivated her to become an advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association. Nuzzo added that she was unaware of the resources of the association when her mother was battling the disease and wanted to help others who were in similar situations find the information and services they needed to navigate the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.
Nuzzo, a graduate of Struthers High School, earned her bachelor of science degree in education from Youngstown State University and received a master’s degree in education as a reading specialist from Baldwin Wallace College. She taught in the Elyria School District for 31 years and at Lorain Community College as a part-time instructor. She retired in June 2010 and returned to the Youngstown area where she married her husband, Mickey Nuzzo.
While residing in the Cleveland area, she has also been an active volunteer in several educational organizations as well as the Cleveland Playhouse, the Cleveland Art Museum and Community Theater.
Individuals from all sectors of the community including healthcare, business, civic and service groups, professional organizations, churches as well as caregivers and family members of those living with Alzheimer’s will participate in the Oct. 8 event. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s, formerly called Memory Walk is an inspiring experience that asks participants to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions. In addition, each walker will join in a meaningful tribute ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Nuzzo will receive a special recognition before the Walk gets under way. In addition, there will be entertainment, face and pumpkin painting for children, gift raffles and light refreshments.
Those who are still interested in participating may do so by registering online, or, on the day of the event. There is no cost to sign up; however, the walk offers opportunities to raise fund for Alzheimer’s disease, which is a growing epidemic in this region, and is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Those unable to attend may also make donations to support the Walk to End Alzheimer’s for the support of Alzheimer’s programs and services, which are offered with no charge.
For more information, please visit alz.org/walk, or contact Helen Paes, Community Development Coordinator, at 330-533-3300 or e-mail Helen.Paes@alz.org'>Helen.Paes@alz.org.
Photo special to the Town Crier
Walk to End Alzheimer’s committee members Gretchen Crater, 2011 honoree and advocate Johanna Nuzzo, and Pam Rogers are making preparations for the Alzheimer’s Association event. Committee members not pictured include Deanna Spirko, Sherrin Stambaugh and Heidi Vanek.