Nursing center raising money for Alzheimer's cure Thursday
By PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writer
August 20, 2008 - A local nursing center is doing its part to support families and individuals affected by Alzheimer's disease and related dementias by hosting several fund raisers throughout the coming weeks.
Sunny Springs Nursing and Rehabiliation Center, 1200 N. Jackson Street, will hold a bake sale Thursday, Aug. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a hamburger/hot dog cookout Thursday, Aug. 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $5 a plate.
Sunny Springs is working in partnership with the Alzheimer's Alliance of Northeast Texas to raise money to help find a cure.
"All the proceeds go towards research of the disease, and in my opinion, it is very important," said Rhonda Carroll, activity director for the local nursing and rehab facility. "So many of our residents have this. We're seeing it more and more, and we need to get a hand on it and help find a cure."
The big fund-raising event for residents is a mini walk-a-thon to be held Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 10 a.m., according to Carroll, who stressed the need for sponsors.
A donation of $20 provides participating residents with a T-shirt to wear while walking around the facility raising money for this worthy cause.
"They all really seem to enjoy it -- it's a big event for them that morning," said Carroll explaining Sunny Springs is in its third year of participation with the program that offers "hope, help and a hand to hold."
Families, friends and employees work hard each year to make it possible for every resident who wishes to participate in the walk the opportunity to do so, according to Carroll. However, she hopes to encourage individuals and businesses to join in sponsoring this year.
"Anyone can sponsor a resident -- we even have someone from another state this time," said Carroll.
After the walk, refreshments will be served.
Sunny Springs will also be selling static cling car decals stating, "Break Through, Find A Cure" for $8.
To sponsor a resident or for information about other fund-raising events call Carroll at 903-885-6571.