100 gather in Medina to raise funds to fight Alzheimer’s
MEDINA – Mary Lou Tuohey watched her father, a former engineer, wither away over 13 years to the point where he couldn’t recognize his four children. Her father died at age 65 from Alzheimer’s.
Now Tuohey’s mother is battling the disease. She has fought it for 14 years and no longer recognizes her family.
“It’s an ugly, ugly disease,” Tuohey said today when Medina hosted a “Walk to End Alzheimer’s.” About 100 people turned out for the event, which included a 2-mile walk along the canal.
Supporters set out to raise about $18,000, money that would go towards research, respite care for affected families and public education.
Tuohey’s daughter was one of the biggest fund-raisers for the cause. Nicole, 23, sold links to a paper chain for $1 each. She sold more than 700 from her mother’s store, Case-Nic Cookies on Main Street in Medina. Nicole cut the link to kick off the walk this morning.
Charlene Seitzer addressed the group of walkers before they headed out on their trek. Seitzer’s husband of 50 years, Butch, died on Feb. 5 after an 11-year fight with Alzheimer’s. Mr. Seitzer maintained a friendly demeanor and his Christian faith while enduring the disease, his wife said.
“If he was here he would say, ‘Smile. God loves you and so do I.’”