JOHN DAY - The staff and residents of Valley View Assisted Living Residence want to run (or walk) down Alzheimer's disease.

They've been raising money all year for the cause.

As a team organized in Grant County, raising money for the Alzheimer's Association, the Valley View team invites the community to join in a 5K walk/run this Saturday, July 16, in John Day.

The event starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Grant County Chamber of Commerce office in John Day, and the route follows Bridge Street to the Seventh Street Complex, around the walking path, and ends in the parking lot at Valley View.

Contributions are welcome and will be given to the Alzheimer's Association. Those who can give a donation of $15 or more, even the morning of the event, will receive a T-shirt.

Additional donations are also welcome, said Etta Lu Hendricksen, marketing director for Valley View.

Refreshments and certificates of appreciation will be awarded at the end of the event.

Many of the facility's residents plan to walk in the event. For those who can't go the entire route, the Valley View van will be parked at the corner of N.W. Bridge and Second Street, to give rides back to the facility for those who need them.

To sign up, or for more information, call Valley View at 541-575-3533.

Saturday's event is Grant County's own "Walk to End Alzheimer's," because other walks in Oregon are so far away, said Hendricksen. One is set for Oct. 9 in Eugene, and on Sept. 25 in Portland.

"This is how we're doing our part. We're doing our part to raise awareness," said Hendricksen. "Alzheimer's research is definitely near and dear to our hearts."

So far, the team at Valley View has raised $1,400, through various events and efforts, including a spaghetti dinner.

"Every little bit is helping," Hendricksen said, noting that it's tough to raise a lot of money in this economy.



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