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Cherry Village excels at Walk to End Alzheimers
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Cherry Village representatives participated in the recent Walk to End Alzheimers in Great Bend. Their team raised the most money for Alzheimers education, research and awareness. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

          Cherry Village Benevolence was recognized recently for two major accomplishments on behalf of the recent Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

            The long-term-care facility’s 27-member team raised $2,143, which is more than any other team. In addition, Jamie Hatfield, Cherry Village certified nurse’s aide, was a top money raiser; she collected $352.

            “We are so proud of our colleagues who participated in this important event,” said Erin Lewis, director of marketing. “Everyone pulled together by sharing their time and talent.

            “We see first-hand the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s on residents and their families,” she continued. “The need for Alzheimer’s care is increasing and we will do all we can to provide high-quality care and support.”

            Cherry Village personnel sold candles, Yoder meat sticks and t-shirts as part of their fundraising efforts.

            All proceeds from the Alzheimer’s Walk in Great Bend are earmarked for the Central and Western Kansas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, said Denise Vann, outreach coordinator.

            “Cherry Village’s enthusiasm each year for this Walk is vital to our success,” Vann said. “Their hospitality included hosting our kick-off event, and helping with registration and other logistics.”

            Local Walk teams raised a total of $14,456, with 21 teams and 194 walkers.

            “Those who donated their time and money can be assured their generosity will be felt in Barton and many other area counties in our chapter,” Vann noted.

            For example, Vann recently brought on-site training to Cherry Village staff members. Her session focused on ways health-care professionals and other caregivers can use activities to engage people with Alzheimer’s.

            Vann noted she organizes many such educational classes for a variety of entities. In addition to long-term-care facilities, these include colleges, public health departments, senior centers and libraries.

            Donations on behalf of the Walk are being accepted until Dec. 31.

            For more information or to donate to Alzheimer’s education and research, contact Vann by calling 316-267-7333. The address is 1820 E. Douglas, Wichita, Ks. 67214.