Thanks for Supporting ALZ

For the third year we participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

imageThis year, Team B. Lou was joined by Team Garmany at Tuscawilla Park for the 2.4 mile walk.


Members of our team were walking in memory of John’s mom, Carole’s dad and Becky’s grandfather as well as other family members who have been affected by this disease.


Together we raised over $1700.


Thanks to everyone who supported the walk.

The Bucket Challenge

I know what you’re thinking – she left out the word ICE in the title. Well, no, that was intentional.

First, I LOVE the ice bucket challenge! I’ve enjoyed watching videos of friends, relatives, strangers, celebrities, and college presidents taking the ice bucket challenge. I click on the link to every video despite the fact they’re all pretty much the same and each one brings a smile to my face.

We’ve lost three family members to ALS in the past decade. My dad’s cousin’s husband, Howard, my mom’s uncle, Condit, and John’s cousin’s husband, Gary all suffered with this disease and lost their battles.

In addition, two neighbors have been diagnosed with ALS and seeing the changes in Jim has been heartbreaking. I’m delighted at the publicity and donations rolling in to such a worthwhile organization.

However, the reason I left out the word ICE is because I’m taking a different challenge. My daughter Sarah issued the following challenge:

photoand I accepted as did her sister Emily. (In fact, you should read what Emily posted on her blog about the #icebucketchallenge.) Of course, Emily challenged her Dad, and since both girls knew their sister, Meghan had already contributed $100 to our team for next month’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, she wasn’t called out!


What a great thing the ice bucket challenge has been! It’s started conversations about ALS. It’s encouraged people to donate to the A.L.S. Association; but it’s also started an even bigger conversation about the numerous organizations that need our support, both financial and as volunteers.

So, to the A.L.S. Association, yes, the check is in the mail. And on Saturday, September 6th, I’ll be walking to end Alzheimer’s. Our team can use your help! Click here to donate.

And instead of calling out any individual to accept the ice bucket challenge, I’d like to challenge everyone who reads this to make a contribution of time or money to any organization you feel passionate about. No ice required, but heck, it’s August and the “Feels Like” temperature is 100°, icy cold water may be just what you need to cool off.



Thanks from Team B. Lou

Team B. Lou walked with hundreds of others last Saturday in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. We participated in honor of B. Lou, my mother in law who died in 2010 after struggling with dementia.

Six of us walked the 2 1/2 mile course on Saturday getting our exercise for the day and participating a “brain healthy” activity.

And they're off!
And they’re off!

Our goal: raise $1000 in support of the Alzheimer’s Association’s mission

To end Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for those affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Promise Garden Finish Line
Promise Garden Finish Line

I’m proud to announce that with the support of family, friends, and co-workers we exceeded our goal.

In fact, Team B. Lou was the 4th highest fundraiser in the Ocala walk…the top non-business team. We shattered our goal of raising $1000 by bringing in 154% of our goal or $1539!  John was even recognized as a top-earner and initiated into the Champion’s Club.

Thanks again to all who contributed to our team’s success!

Oh, and if you’re a procrastinator, it’s not to late to donate! Contributions can be added through the remainder of 2013 by clicking here.