Contact: Maria Lara, Marketing & Outreach Chair, 409-370-6422,


Kathy VanDewalli joins the Alzheimer???s Association ?? as the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer???s Event Chair in Bay Area/Galveston.

???I am honored to serve as the chair for the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer???s event for the Bay Area??? states Kathy VanDewalli.??? Alzheimer???s is not normal aging, it is a progressive and fatal disease that affects millions of our family members, friends and neighbors throughout the United States. The Walk to End Alzheimer???s helps raise needed funds for research as well as helping to fund programs and services in our own community for those who suffer from Alzheimer???s disease and other forms of dementia.???

VanDewalli continued, ???Please join us for the Walk this fall and consider joining our planning committee by attending our volunteer kickoff on Thursday April 27th at Noon at Galveston???s Rosenberg Library. All hands are welcome and needed!???

Walk to End Alzheimer???s is the world???s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer???s care, support and research programs. Walk participants will complete a 5K walk and will learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment and support programs and services from the Alzheimer???s Association. Participants will also join in a meaningful tribute ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. ???We are so excited to have Kathy serve as our 2017 Event Chair for the Bay Area/ Galveston Walk to End Alzheimer???s.??? states Krista Bohn, Galveston Outreach Coordinator of the Alzheimer???s Association Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter. ???With her leadership, and the time and talents of all our Planning Committee, the Walk is sure to be a success funding more Alzheimer???s care, support and research.???

Also leading the event this year with our following chair positions.

  • Event Chair ??? Kathy VanDewalli, The Grand 1894 Opera House
  • Event Co-Chair ??? Sally Byrom, Sally Byrom, PLLC
  • Logistics Chair ??? Alice Williams, Libbie’s Place
  • Team Recruitment Chair ??? Donna Graham, Farmer’s Insurance
  • Team Retention Chair ??? Susan Leining (retired)
  • Sponsorship Chair ??? Judy Johnson, Concord Assisted Living
  • Marketing & Outreach Chair ??? Maria Lara, Mitchell Historic Properties
  • Mission Chair ??? The Rev. Helen Appelberg, UTMB Sealy Center on Aging
  • AIM/Advocacy Chair ??? Allison Cowan, contract Speech-Language Pathologist

Walk to End Alzheimer???s will take place on Saturday, October 14 at the Stewart Beach Pavilion in Galveston. Nearly 1,000 people from the Galveston/ Bay Area are expected at this year???s event to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer???s disease.

In the United States, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in and the only disease among the top 10 causes that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed. Additionally, more than 15 million family and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer???s and other dementias.

Register today. Sign up as a Team Captain; join a team or register to walk as an individual at alz.org/walk. If you are interested in joining the Planning Committee, please join us on April 27th at noon at Rosenberg Library in the McCullough Room for our Volunteer Kickoff. For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Krista Bohn at kbohn@alz.org or (713) 314-1363.

About the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer???s

The Alzheimer???s Association Walk to End Alzheimer???s is the world???s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer???s care, support and research. Since 1989, the Alzheimer???s Association mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer???s Association Memory Walk??; now the Alzheimer???s Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer???s. Together, we can end Alzheimer???s ??? the nation???s sixth-leading cause of death.

About the Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer???s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer???s research, care and support. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer???s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer???s. Visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900.

AlzTex Admin

The Alzheimer's Association Chapters all across Texas (www.alz.org) consists of families, caregivers, scientists, health professionals, and concerned citizens who are committed to finding a cure for Alzheimer's Disease and to easing the burden of Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders on patients and their families and loved ones.