Medina woman keeps up fundraiser to support Alzheimer’s Association

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 September 2020 at 9:36 am

Walk to benefit Alzheimer’s Association goes virtual this year

Provided photo: Nicole Tuohey is pictured with some of the links she sells for $1 to support the Western New York chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. She has raised about $10,000 in the past decade selling the links. She has 1,170 links so far this year. The chain of links will be displayed later today on Main Street in Medina.

MEDINA – The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is going virtual this year with supporters urged to walk on their own and collect donations for the Western New York chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

The group has hosted walks in Medina with fundraising topping $20,000. The Alzheimer’s Association won’t have a community walk like it normally does in Medina, with about 100 people participating at once.

But the Alzheimer’s Association will be displaying flowers at Medina’s Rotary Park on Saturday to signify people battling the disease.

The park will have bright pinwheel flowers in colors that represent reasons people walk: purple to honor someone they lost to dementia, yellow for care partners, blue to honor those living with dementia and orange to show general support of efforts to end Alzheimer’s disease.

One Medina woman also is continuing her annual fundraiser for the organization. Nicole Tuohey sells “elephant links” for $1. She adds a link to a chain that will be displayed later this afternoon on Main Street. That chain is usually displayed at the start of the Alzheimer’s walk.

Tuohey is up to $1,170 or 1,170 links so far and will keep selling links until the end of October. On Thursday an anonymous man came into her mother’s cookie business and donated $500 to the cause. Nicole stayed up late last night making the 500 links.

Nicole has Triple X Syndrome. She hasn’t let that disability prevent her from being a tireless advocate against a disease that took the lives of her grandparents, Don and Jane Bradley.

Mary Lou Tuohey, Nicole’s mother, is owner of Case-Nic Cookies and has a raffle fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association until 5 p.m. today where people can win several different packages. The winners will be announced on Saturday.

About 100 people walked in Medina in October 2018 in an event organized by the Western New York chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. This year the walk will be virtual with participants walking on their own, and not in a community event.

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