On Saturday, September 8, 2012, families, friends, church and civic groups, and community supporters will gather at Heritage Plaza in downtown Longview for the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s fundraiser. This event raises both funds and awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias as well as highlighting the many valuable services provided by the local Longview Alzheimer’s Association. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and the Walk will begin at 9:00 a.m. Heritage Plaza is located at 270 Methvin Street.
Community volunteer Margaret Harris has a passion for serving those affected by this disease. She moved to Longview in 1997 to help her mother care for her father, who was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Her father, John Bloomberg, passed away from the disease in 2002.
“My eyes have been opened to so many people affected by Alzheimer’s disease,” Mrs. Harris said. “Everyone knows someone who is struggling.”
In addition to her support of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s event, Mrs. Harris has been involved with the Unforgettable Tuesday’s Day Club since its beginning in March 2006. The day club offers opportunities for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia to engage in meaningful social and recreational activities in a secure and supportive setting. It also provides a respite for family members and caregivers. Mrs. Harris is a co-leader of an Alzheimer’s support group. She has been a member of the Evening Pilot Club of Longview since 1997, serving in numerous positions, and is currently the treasurer. This service organization’s focus is on brain-related disorders and prevention of brain injuries.
Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Mrs. Harris has lived in Longview for 14 years. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. Mrs. Harris is retired from Texas Home Health, where she was a family care supervisor. She and her husband, David, have been married seven years and have three adult children. They attend Pine Tree Church of Christ.
If you would like more information about the Alzheimer’s Association and the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, please call 903-291-1720.