Why we Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Jessica Hester (L), Dayton Walk Team Captain and Logistics Committee Chair


Jessica Hester, a Dayton Walk team captain and Logistics Committee Chair, has a great reason why she walks to end Alzheimer’s.

Jessica is married with four children, has worked in dementia care for 15 years, and has participated in the Walk for over 10 years. She currently works for Legacy at Cypress Pointe as the Legacy Neighborhood Director. Jessica is pictured above with one of the residents she serves day in and day out.

“I walk for my residents living with dementia. I hope to give my residents and their loved ones hope that the end of Alzheimer’s is near. I advocate for a better quality of life for all those living with this disease.”  

Walk to End Alzheimer’s new team captain events for July are listed below. Contact Marshall Weil at mweil@alz.org or 937.610.7007 for more information, or if you plan to attend the events.





Trisha Elliott, a Miami County Walk team captain, top fundraiser and recruitment chair, shares her story about why she walks to end Alzheimer’s.

“When I originally became involved with the Walk to End Alzheimer’s my mother-in-law Linda had recently passed away. I felt by walking I was helping to honor her memory and also to help my (at the time) three-year old daughter Karlie remember the kind of person that her Grandma Elliott was,” Trisha says. “That was until recently when my “why” changed.  One day Karlie and I were driving in the car and Karlie started to cry. She will sometimes cry and say that she misses her grandma in heaven, but this time it was different. With tears in her eyes, Karlie asked me “Will you and Daddy forget me like Grandma did?”

“I originally began walking for Linda, I now walk for Karlie because little girls should not have to worry about their loved ones forgetting them. I want to be able to say that in Karlie’s lifetime we found the first survivor.”

Walk to End Alzheimer’s team captain recruitment events for Troy, Greenville, Sidney and Springfield.  Contact Maire Reynolds at mareynolds@alz.org or 937.610.7006.

Troy, June 8, 7:30 am – 8:30 am, Piqua Centre Maill
Greenville, June 13, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Greenville Public Library
Sidney, June 15, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, The Moose Lodge
Springfield, June 22, 7:30 – 8:30 am, Windy Knoll

Dayton Walk to End Alzheimer’s team captain recruitment events.  Contact Marshall Weil at mweil@alz.org or 937.610.7007.

Student Union at Wright State University, June 12, doors open at 7:30 am, program 8:00 – 9:00 am, light breakfast provided.
Centerville Library on West Spring Valley Pike, June 23, 8:00 – 9:00 am, light breakfast provided.
Warped Wing Brewing Company, downtown Dayton, June 26, 5:00 – 6:30 pm, light snacks from Spent Grain Grill, drinks for sale.
Oakwood/Kettering, July 12, 10:30 – 11:30 am, Oakwood Library
Vandalia/Englewood, July 14, 8:00 – 9:00 am, Vandalia Library

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