Students Lead March for Alzheimer’s Awareness
Memories Matter Walk
Design39Campus students recently hosted the Memories Matter Walk to promote Alzheimer’s awareness. They partnered with residential memory care community ActivCare at 4S Ranch for the event – the Design39Campus students have been involved with volunteer projects and events at the community for years. Volunteering students and residents have developed lasting friendships through these projects.
The Memories Matter Walk grew from a small group’s idea into a much larger event, with approximately 600 students, teachers, and parents participating. Students carried hand-made signs sharing messages of support for Alzheimer’s patients and facts about the disease. The walk took place over a two-mile course from Design39Campus to ActivCare, where marchers were greeted by residents, and back again to the school.
“We are letting these students take the lead and demonstrate their advocacy to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease,” said ActivCare Living COO Todd Shetter. “What started as a small group exercise has become a large-scale march. The positive relationships that have been developed between the students and the seniors at the community have demonstrated that people are much more than a disease. This is a community event that signifies unity among all ages and backgrounds, coming together for one cause.”