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Boca’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s draws thousands

Several thousand people walked 2 miles through downtown Boca early Sunday to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

More than 2,000 people and 215 teams signed up online. Another 1,500 joined the crowd stepping off from the Mizner Park Amphitheater, estimated the Alzheimer’s Association Southeast Florida.

Most walkers wore purple and carried windmill flags of different colors as caregivers or family members.

“We walk in memory of my mother June Wentworth,” said Victoria Hakola, carrying a big sign to lead her team June Bugs. “I made her a promise I’d do something, so I’m keeping my promise.”

Walk founder and past chair Pam Polani’s law firm was the top fundraiser with more than $20,000.

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At her tent at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Sunday was the founder, former chairwoman and the top fundraiser Pam Polani and her family, from left, Lior, Mark, and Ariel.

Ideclutteru’s corporate team raised more than $13,000 toward the $410,000 goal. Downtown Rotary fielded the largest team, but three city Rotary clubs took part.

Congress increased research into Alzheimer’s and dementia by $425 million, Congressman Ted Deutch announced on stage. “But there are 16 million caregivers and we need to come up with a strategy for them.”

The city’s well-known vocalist Kendra Erika sang the National Anthem and school children sang to invigorate the crowd.  Boca Fire Rescue had their benevolent association’s truck at the starting line.

Supporters can donate through Dec. 1 at http://act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk2018/FL-SoutheastFlorida?pg=entry&fr_id=11138

By Marci Shatzman

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