A drizzling rain pelted the sidewalks of Plymouth as walkers gathered at Pilgrim Memorial State Park on for the 2011 South Shore Walk to End Alzheimers. The event, which drew 2,000 participants and 40 exhibitors, raised nearly $180,000 for Alzheimer care and research. Norwell-based Jack Conway, Realtors, whose firm represents South Shore homes for sale across the region, was among the local supporters of the South Shore walk. In addition to providing a 45-member walking team that raised $4,000 for the cause, the company helped promote the upcoming event through free public relations and marketing services donated by the firm.
“During the summer months, the Conway editorial staff wrote and helped place some wonderful stories about individual Alzheimer’s sufferers and their families in local newspapers,” said Nancy Schiavone, development officer for the Alzheimer’s Associaiton MA/NH Chapter. “We are very grateful for their help in spreading the word and generating interest in our South Shore walk.”
The 45 Jack Conway walkers were led through the streets of Plymouth by Team Captain Dawn Stevens, director of Jack Conway Relocation. “We had a great turnout despite the weather,” said Stevens. “I guess a little rain is nothing compared to the challenges facing many of the people and their families who were walking there that day.”
Conway-Hanover Agent Agnes Smith, who lost her husband to Alzheimer’s disease, brought a group of 13 people with her to participate in the South Shore Walk. “This was my first time walking, but my relatives and friends really enjoyed the event,” said Smith. “We plan to make it an annual tradition.”
Participant’s in the 2011 South Shore walk carried flowers in colors that represented the ways in which they were affected by Alzheimer’s – yellow for caregivers, blue for people with the illness, and purple for those who have lost a loved one to the disease. “We were asked to place our flowers in a bucket near the start of the walk,” said Smith. “And when we returned to Pilgrim State Park, all 2,000 flowers had been planted in a field. It was a gorgeous sight.”