FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP – On June 13, several hundred high school students from Freehold Township High School, all dressed in purple, joined with Alzheimer’s New Jersey, an independent nonprofit which provides support for Garden State residents battling Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, to create the shape of New Jersey on school grounds.
The students came together to bring attention to Alzheimer’s New Jersey’s 2019 Walk to Fight Alzheimer’s while highlighting its mission to help New Jersey families cope with the impact of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, according to a press release.
After the event, Alzheimer’s New Jersey President and CEO Ken Zaentz, state Sen. Vin Gopal and representatives from Congressman Chris Smith’s office presented the Walk to Fight Alzheimer’s School Spirit Award to participating students, recognizing their achievements in raising funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s New Jersey’s Southern Regional Walk, which is scheduled to take place in Point Pleasant Beach on Sept. 28.
Over the past 15 years, Freehold Township High School students have raised more than $100,000 for Alzheimer’s New Jersey education, support and advocacy programs which benefited 14,000 New Jersey residents last year, according to the press release.
Funds raised through Alzheimer’s New Jersey’s Walk to Fight Alzheimer’s, comprised of five regional walks, will support programs such as care consultations, family support groups, Alzheimer New Jersey’s telephone helpline, the Respite Care and Wellness program, the Always Safe Initiative and the Clinical Trials Connections program.
Revenue generated by the walks is crucial in the mission of Alzheimer’s New Jersey to provide programs and community partnerships that increase awareness and support the needs of 600,000 New Jersey residents impacted by Alzheimer’s and other dementias, according to the press release.
Individuals, families and businesses are invited to participate in these events. To learn more about Alzheimer’s New Jersey’s walks and programs, visit www.alznj.org