Point Beach walks to fight Alzheimer’s

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Participants stepped off Saturday at the start of the Walk to Fight Alzheimer’s, which drew close to 1,000 people to Point Pleasant Beach Sept 28, to raise funds to support research for a cure. The walk was organized by Alzheimer’s New Jersey. STEVE WEXLER THE OCEAN STAR

POINT PLEASANT BEACH — Over the weekend, teams and individuals participated in the Southern Regional Walk to Fight Alzheimer’s held Sept. 28 in Point Pleasant Beach, raising approximately $170,000 and counting toward the $230,000 goal of Alzheimer’s New Jersey. 

Nick Gustaitis, part of the public relations team for Alzheimer’s New Jersey, said the organization will continue to track the funds raised until Nov. 30,  the fundraising deadline. 

“We encourage everyone to continue to fundraise because the more we raise the more New Jersey families can be helped,” he told The Ocean Star. 

One New Jersey family, Team Strassheim, has participated in the walk for four years now. On Sept. 25, Team Captain Samantha Cicardo and her team were featured on Alzheimer’s New Jersey’s Facebook page. While also participating in the walk, Ms. Cicardo also utilized her social medial skills by volunteering to take photographs and work the organization’s social media tent at the event.

Along with her family members and friends, she has been walking in honor of former Brick Township resident William Strassheim, her grandfather, who lost his battle with Alzheimer’s in 2014. She was only 11 years old at the time.

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