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Everybody Has a Cause and Changes

Everybody has a cause, at least one. In our lifetimes we will connect in one way or another with charities that have helped us or loved ones through difficult times, or have moved us by the work they do for others.

One of mine is the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org).

Alzheimer’s disease took my father and two aunts. I think it took something from my mother and me as well. As we all know, the condition ravages a victim’s brain, progressively robbing them of their memory, thinking abilities and body control. The eventual debilitation is complete, the outcome fatal. Alzheimer’s is devastating to sufferers, and family/caregivers alike.

The Alzheimer’s Association both funds research to find a cure for this horrific disease and offers support for Alzheimer’s sufferers and their families and caregivers.

There are three Walks to End Alzheimer’s coming up. The Berkshire Walk will be held next Saturday, Sept. 22nd at the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail in Cheshire, MA; the Litchfield Walk on Sunday, Sept. 23rd at White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield, CT and the Dutchess/Ulster Walk on Oct. 20th at the Walkway Over the Hudson.

The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s is approaching 6 million, so the odds are good you probably know someone who has been effected by it. Next weekend and shortly thereafter, you will have an opportunity to help. You can either join one of the Walks to End Alzheimer’s or make a donation to someone who is walking.

Important Changes

The course for Sunday’s Josh Billings Runaground has changed because the water leg of the triathlon has been moved to Richmond Pond. Go to joshbillings.com for details.

The date for the Sharon Fire Dept. Annual Golf Tournament at the Sharon Country Club has been changed to Tuesday, Sept. 18th.

The BLN 18th Annual Charity Golf Tournament has been postponed to October 1st at the Torrington Country Club.

The VNA Northwest Golf Tournament, which is usually held in September, will not be held this year.

We noted several weeks ago that the Steve Blass Golf Tournament will not be held this year but will return in full force next year.

And the Go! PDC, Go! 5K (Pediatric Development Center) , normally held in October has been discontinued .

There are 14 events going on this Saturday and Sunday, so visit the sportingAcause calendars to find yours.

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Remembering and More

Jaime Kirchner * Emil “Moe” Renzullo * Shane Kinsella * Dorothy Finnegan * Andrea Markoe * Evan Rashkoff * Erin Shanley * Ed McGuire * Gabby Corbett * Matt Herring * Chad Malarchuk * Charlie Ormsby * Gerald Miller * Maureen “Moe” Snyder * James Ducillo * Kara Zinke * Dave P. Waldron * Dick Oakley * Jeff Snyder * Jimmy Bernardo * Kenny Krom * Tommy Daigle * Hannah Taylor * Gerald J. Dieffenbach * Adam S. Michalek * John F. Foley * John V. Vendetti * Thomas J. Berlinghoff * Bill Solan * Keri Perotti * Bill “Murph” Mayberry * Roeliff Jensen * Elihu Burritt * Josh Billings * Alexandra Rae Gravino

Some of these people led long productive lives while others left us tragically young. Their backgrounds were diverse and very likely few of them knew each other. But they all have one common trait.

In their lifetimes, long or short, they inspired those around them by the way they conducted themselves, and their survivors have been moved to craft worthy events around their names.

Throughout this site you will see these “memorial” events sprinkled about. There are golf tournaments, softball and horseshoe tournaments, 5K’s, basketball tournaments and more. Each event has captured the essence of its namesake to raise money or awareness to fight disease, assist the disadvantaged or otherwise improve our lives.

What a wonderful way to be remembered.

Coming Up

With shrinking education budgets, high school sports programs are forced to seek outside funding. Friday the Monument Mountain Regional High School Spartan Football Team will host its annual golf tournament at the Egremont Country Club to help fund transportation costs, buy equipment and more.

Saturday will see an event that tragically speaks to these times. The first Overdose Awareness Walk will step out on the Walkway over the Hudson, Highland side. And on Aug. 31st at the Berkshire Medical Center, there will be a vigil to acknowledge International Overdose Awareness Day which has been held for nearly 20 years, and now we’re starting to notice.

Sunday the 26th, the 7th Annual Walk in the Woods for Parkinson’s will be held at the beautiful White Memorial in Litchfield. Although there is a national Parkinson’s organization, this walk will help the local Torrington Area Parkinson’s Support Group. Parkinson’s sufferers and their caregivers need all of the support they can get.

Until next time

Willie

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