Story and photos by joycelyne fadojutimi
Nelda Strong chaired the recent Alzheimer’s walk. Earl Roberts, former mayor of Longview called Nelda’s role as chair, “phenomenal.”
Everything favored the walk. The weather that was 101 degrees the previous day showered its blessings at a 77 degrees Fahrenheit for the walk. Though it threatened to rain, not one drop came down. It seemed as the heavens and its hosts were in agreement with the three-mile walk.
People of all ages and from different walks of life united to bring awareness to a sinister brain disease called Alzheimer’s and to raise funds for research and cure of the disease. Several companies donated funds and sent walkers. According to Traci Beeson with Alzheimer’s association, Neiman Marcus along with several businesses greatly supports the cause.
Some residents walked to raise awareness and funds and others walked for their loved ones. This particular walk was held in memory of E.C. Johnston, Jr.
In Jack Strong’s famous quote about Alzheimer’s, “Be an advocate and not a victim.”