The Alzheimer’s Association Rochester and Finger Lakes Region Chapter has named Shelby Ascroft of Canandaigua as chair for its 2021 Walk to End Alzheimer’s® in the Finger Lakes.
“We’re so thrilled to have Shelby help lead our event,” said Teresa Galbier, MPA, chapter executive for the Alzheimer’s Association, Rochester and Finger Lakes Region Chapter. “Her passion for our cause is admirable. Her involvement, in memory of her grandfather, is relatable to so many of our participants.”
A native of Kennewick, Wash., Ascroft will lead the grassroots fundraising and awareness event, scheduled to take place on Oct. 2 in Canandaigua. She first got involved with the event to honor her grandfather, who lost his fight to dementia.
“He was always such a strong, kind, and proud man,” Ascroft said. “I’m so lucky that he remembered me all the way until his death. It was himself that he forgot. He forgot how to take care of himself. He forgot all of his amazing accomplishments, like creating a successful masonry business and being part of liberating a concentration camp during World War II.”
The Alzheimer’s Association moving forward with plans to host the Finger Lakes Walk to End Alzheimer’s® in person.
“The health and safety of participants, volunteers and staff remain top priorities as we continue to monitor the pandemic and make decisions about event details in our community,” Galbier said. “While we’re planning to gather in person, we will continue to offer options to participate in Walk online and in your neighborhood.”
“Families facing Alzheimer’s and all other dementia need us now more than ever — and with your support, we can continue to be there for them. Every dollar you raise through Walk to End Alzheimer’s allows the Alzheimer’s Association to provide 24/7 care and support while accelerating critical research,” she added.
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