You are reading

Hundreds Take Part in “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” Saturday at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

Participants at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Saturday (Photo provided by the Alzheimer’s Association)

Oct. 6, 2021 By Michael Dorgan

Hundreds of people laced up their sneakers Saturday and took part in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

The annual event sees participants walk two miles around the Unisphere in order to raise money for the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

More than 360 walkers took part in the event, which was organized by the Queens chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. The Chicago-based non-profit seeks to eliminate Alzheimer’s through research. It also helps provides care and support for those affected by the disease.

The event at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park raised more than $78,500 for the organization. More than 600 similar walks are taking place across the country this fall to generate funds for the Alzheimer’s Association and to raise awareness of the disease.

Melissa Warten, the co-chair of the Queens walk, said that more than 400,000 New Yorkers are living with Alzheimer’s.

“They come from all walks of life,” Warten said. “That’s why it’s so important for us to come together to end it.”

Participants at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Saturday (Photo provided by the Alzheimer’s Association)

The event began with an opening ceremony that included the singing of the National Anthem by Danielle Atkinson, who works at Plaza College in Forest Hills. A cheerleading squad from Saint Francis Preparatory School in Fresh Meadows also performed at the starting line to encourage participants at the off.

The walk began in field 5 with participants doing one loop around the Unisphere before returning to their starting point.

The youngest participant was a 7-month girl while many senior citizens took part, including at least two in their 80s, organizers said.

Sophie Lesser, a Queens resident who works as an events manager for the Alzheimer’s Association, said she lost her father to the disease.

“[I] don’t want other families to have to experience what mine did,” Lesser said. “The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is a way to support an organization that helps so many families impacted by this disease.”

The Queens walk was sponsored by Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and Main Street Radiology.

A cheerleading squad from Saint Francis Preparatory School in Fresh Meadows performed at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Saturday (Photo provided by the Alzheimer’s Association)

Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

Participants at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Saturday (Photo provided by the Alzheimer’s Association)

email the author: [email protected]

One Comment

Click for Comments 
scott Winter

What a great event and cause!! We had a great time as that’s us in the lead photo..Lol!! Thanks so much for the coverage so hopefully more will help us fight against Alzheimer’s.

Reply

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Queens Public Library celebrates Black History Month with nearly 150 programs highlighting Black resistance, culture

Feb. 2, 2023 By Carlotta Mohamed

Throughout February, Queens Public Library will celebrate “Black Resistance” — the theme of its 2023 Black History Month observance — with nearly 150 comprehensive programs and initiatives, including theater performances, author talks and art workshops for all ages, spotlighting various aspects of Black heritage, culture and resilience. 

Popular places where you can watch the big game in Queens

Feb. 2, 2023 By Tammy Scileppi

Hey, football fans! Game time is fast approaching, and across the city and here in Queens, you can feel the excitement brewing as the two teams prepare to take the field on Super Sunday, Feb. 12. So, kick back and watch the big game, and don’t miss Rihanna’s exciting performance during halftime. 

Borough president hears from community members on budget needs throughout Queens

During a two-day public hearing on the mayor’s 2024 preliminary budget, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. listened to testimonies from 14 community board representatives, community stakeholders and members of the public on where the money should be spent in Queens. 

The public hearings were held both in-person and via Zoom on Monday, Jan. 30, and Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Queens Borough Hall. The testimonials will be used to develop the Queens Borough Board’s FY24 preliminary budget priorities in the coming weeks. 

‘Limitless possibility’: BP Richards announces community visioning workshops on redevelopment of Creedmoor Psychiatric Center campus in Queens Village

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. and Empire State Development on Tuesday, Jan. 31, announced the launch of a series of community visioning workshops that will be held to hear input from eastern Queens residents about the redevelopment of the 50-acre Creedmoor Psychiatric Center campus in Queens Village. 

The first community visioning workshop will be held on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. at P.S./I.S. 208 located at 74-30 Commonwealth Blvd. in Glen Oaks.

‘He didn’t deserve to die’: Borough President Richards leads emotional candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards held a candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols outside Queens Borough Hall Monday, Jan. 30 after Nichols’ death at the hands of police officers in Memphis, Tenn., made national headlines for the brutality in which the officers beat him.

Almost immediately after news broke about Nichols’ death, the Memphis police officers who beat him to death were fired and charged with murder. The police department released the body cam footage of the fatal beating on Jan. 27, but many people, including some at the vigil, have refused to watch it due to its extremely graphic nature.