September 29, 2013
ABC7 WJLA Virginia Bureau Chief Jeff Goldberg, Chapter President Susan Finn, and Ilissa Belanger, volunteer chairman of the walk, cut the ribbon at the starting line. Belanger was doing double duty at the event, also serving as team captain for walkers Miriam and Anita, Belanger’s mother Miriam and mother-in-law Anita both having been Alzheimer’s victims.
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Reston Town Center Walk draws 1,200-plus participants.
Reston Town Center looked like it was being wrapped in a rainbow as the 1,200-plus participants in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s wound their way through the streets, dressed in a variety of colorful team t-shirts and carrying whirly-wind paper flowers with the names of afflicted loved ones written on the petals. Some 600 communities across the country have joined in the national effort to raise funds and awareness of this devastating disease, and the Alzheimer’s Association’s local National Capital Area Chapter President Susan Kudla Finn reported that more than 112 walks were held just this weekend alone, in addition to the Reston walk Sunday, Sept. 29.