|Chapter in The News|
Media coverage of the 2011 Walk to End Alzheimer’s was phenomenal. Prior to the Walk, Lou-Ellen Barkan was on WABC’s Eyewitness News discussing Alzheimer’s and its impact on New York City. The day of the Walk, news trucks lined Riverside Drive to cover our eff orts. The Walk was featured on virtually every local TV and radio outlet, including NY1, FOX, CBS and 1010WINS. David Hyde Pierce also lent his support in a radio interview urging New Yorkers to join us in the fi ght against Alzheimer’s.
Two Chapter Champions did their part to keep our name in the headlines. WNBA All-Star and Olympic Gold Medalist Kara Lawson announced a campaign with her husband Damien to fi ght Alzheimer’s in honor of her legendary college basketball coach at Tennessee, Pat Summit, who recently disclosed she has younger-onset Alzheimer’s. Their record breaking fundraising eff orts on Team R2R for the Chapter have been featured in outlets across the country. Meanwhile, on Long Island Newsday and News 12 Long Island covered the story of 17-year old high school senior, Emily Rosenthal, who used her soccer skills to raise almost $9,000 in honor of her grandfather.
Chapter staff also did their part to keep Alzheimer’s in the spotlight. Licet Valois and Paulette Michaud made important media appearances and Lou-Ellen Barkan was called upon as an expert to comment on Pat Robertson’s controversial views regarding divorcing a spouse with Alzheimer’s.