The Householder family of Columbiana County has been selected as the 2012 Honoree Family for the Alzheimer's Association's Boardman/Youngstown Walk to End Alzheimer's event being held on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Lariccia Community Center in Boardman Park. As this year's honoree family, representatives from the Householder family will participate in the opening ceremony and share information about their personal journey with Alzheimer's disease and why participating in the walk is so important to them. Family members will then lead participants in the annual event. Check-in is 8:30 a.m. and the opening ceremonies begin at 9:30 a.m.
Representing the Householder Team of walkers, Rebecca Miller of Columbiana said that they started participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer's the year after the death of her father, Eugene D. Householder, who died on Aug. 15, 1995. Householder suffered from Parkinson's disease and dementia.
"We love to participate in the walk as a way of honoring dad and collecting donations for such a worthwhile cause," noted Miller. She added that the Alzheimer's Association assisted her mother with companions when he was still at home along with needed supplies and information.
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The Householder family members who will be at the 2012 Boardman Walk to End Alzheimers include, in front, Nannette Householder, Rebecca Miller and Mabel Lawerence, and in back, Mary Trimmer, Sara Welch and Julieanna Miller.
Miller said that most of the Householder family members travel more than an hour to participate in the Boardman Walk to End Alzheimer's. "We plan to continue our tradition, as long as we are able to. Our family is pleased to be recognized as the Honoree Family for this year's walk."
A new feature for the Boardman event will include the Promise Garden, which will provide representation to not only those individuals who have been affected by the disease, but the lives of entire families who are going through this journey. Each walk participant will be given a promise flower making a commitment to fulfill their promise to remember, to honor, to care and to fight for Alzheimer's disease.
Different colors including blue, yellow, purple and orange will be representative of those who have Alzheimer's, those who are supporting or caring someone with the disease, those who have lost someone to Alzheimer's and those who support the cause and a vision of a world with Alzheimer's. Participants will have the opportunity to write a personal message on their paper flowers creating a colorful and meaningful garden at the walk.
Those who are interested in registering for the walk may still do so online at alz.org/walk or by calling 330-533-3300. There is no cost to sign up; however, participants are encouraged to seek donations from family members, friends, co-workers and other contacts. Those unable to attend may make donations to support the Walk to End Alzheimer's. For more information, visit alz.org/walk, or contact Helen Paes, development coordinator, at 330-533-3300 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.