East Boston, MA (July 19, 2013) –Nina-Marie Carvalho of East Boston will be
joining the movement to end Alzheimer’s disease at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s
taking place in Cambridge on Sunday September 29. Carvalho will walk in memory
of her grandmothers Dorvalina Carvalho and Maria Amaral.
"The WALK is a very important for raising Alzheimer's awareness. We are working
to find a cure so no one ever has to "forget," said Carvalho. "The event is a
way of honoring my grandmother’s memories rather than mourning them."
Carvalho, a Family Liaison at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is also captain of
"Team Dovie," named in honor of her late grandmother Dorvalina’s nickname. This
year marks her fourth year participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. "I've
always wanted to give back and contribute something of lasting importance and
the Alzheimer's WALK is a great way of taking a negative and turning it into a
By participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Carvalho will be helping to
raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and money to support research, programs
and services for the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire
"There has never been a greater need to join in the fight against Alzheimer’s
disease by participating in Walk to End Alzheimer’s," said James Wessler,
President/CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire
Chapter. "We are truly grateful to Nina-Marie and all of those participating in
the Walk to End Alzheimer’s for their commitment."
Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and is now the nation’s sixth-leading
cause of death. As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with
Alzheimer’s disease will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond today’s
estimated 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s. The disease has a
significant impact on family members, with nearly 15 million providing care to a
loved one, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Anyone can contribute to Team Dovie at www.alzwalkMANH.org or learn more about
participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. ###
About the Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association, with headquarters in Watertown, has regional
offices in Springfield, Raynham, and Worcester, MA and Bedford and Lebanon, NH.
The Alzheimer Association provides services and programs for those with
Alzheimer’s, family and professional caregivers in the form of support groups, a
24/7 Helpline, care consultation, advocacy efforts, research funding and
education programs. The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the
nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care,
support and research. For more information about the Walk to End Alzheimer’s or
Alzheimer programs and information visit www.alz.org/MANH.