Twenty-one year old Kaitlin Smith has been blessed with a wonderful family and would do anything for them. She will start her junior year at the University of Maine this fall, but perhaps more importantly, she will serve as an activist for her father and thousands of other Mainers living with Alzheimer’s disease by serving as the honorary chairperson of the Bangor Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
“I believe Alzheimer’s disease is one that makes people feel hopeless and helpless,” said Smith. “Fundraising and being an advocate is my way of fighting back at the disease for those who no longer have the strength to fight back. I fight back for my mother who is a caregiver, my father who has the disease, and other families. I also want people to know the strength that fundraising can give them. It unites people who are going through a similar experience and fills them with hope and peace. I am very passionate about this and will never give up on my quest to find a cure.”
There are many opportunities to fight back with Kaitlin by being involved in the Bangor Walk to End Alzheimer’s including forming a walking team, being an individual walker, being a financial sponsor, helping with registration on the day of the walk, and cheering the walkers on the course. There will be 13 walks in Maine this year; for information on how to register for the Bangor Walk or one in your area go to www.alz.org/walk and click on the state of Maine. The Bangor Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held Saturday, October 1 starting at 8 AM at the Bass Park/Bangor Raceway. This is the fifteenth year the walk has been held in Bangor.