Kristi Newman, honorary chairman of this year’s Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck Walk to End Alzheimer’s, will be walking because her father died of dementia, and she doesn’t want to see her childhood friend Don Talbott—or the 5.2 million other Americans afflicted—end up the same way.
A Gloucester resident, Kristi said that, just as in years past, she will join Don, his wife Christy, and hundreds of others on Sept. 20 for the annual trek. Only this year, it will be held at Bethpage Camp-Resort in Urbanna. Previous years have seen the walkers on Main Street in Gloucester.
Together, they’ll walk to celebrate the people they love and to raise money to defeat the fatal illness that claims over a half million lives every year.
Kristi’s father, Julius Benton, died in 2008 of frontotemporal lobar degeneration—an Alzheimer’s-related dementia—after a 16-year struggle with the illness.
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