Road Rally Wrap-Up

Words are not enough to express our sincere appreciation for your continued support of the Ohio Masonic Home and the Miracle Miles for Memory Care (MMMC) Road Rally.  The support of the Fraternity and that of many others have once again made this event a huge success. Alzheimer’s is a progressive, irreversible and ultimately fatal disease which is the most common type of dementia and accounts for 60% to 80% of dementia cases.  It is the sixth leading cause of death across all ages in the United States, and the fifth leading cause of death in those aged 65 and older.  Alzheimer’s strikes another United States victim every 69 seconds and currently affects more than 5.4 million people in the U.S. and 230,000 in Ohio.  This number is projected to be 250,000 by 2025.* The MMMC Road Rally is a charitable fundraising event with the goal of raising $100,000 for memory care centers located in Springfield, Waterville and Medina, Ohio.  These state-of-the-art centers allow people who are progressing through the deteriorating stages of memory loss to stay at a place they can call home and receive the best programming possible; not only supporting the victim, but also giving the family tools and support throughout. This year we had more than 150 participants and raised more than  $105,000.  A unique twist this year was the Ice Water Challenge, which brought in approximately $10,000 and involved people all over the state of Ohio.  Springfield Masonic Community hosted the Tailgate Party which included a live auction, food, D.J.  and awards ceremony.  There was even a Pinewood Derby race held at Springfield for those not participating in the drive. This involved the staff, residents and a local Boy Scout Troop.  A great time was had by all and the competition was quite exciting. As we look forward to next year, please put Saturday, August 22 on your calendar and plan to be part of this exciting event.  There will once again be Kick Off celebrations at Springfield, Browning and Western Reserve Masonic Communities, as well as a place yet to be determined in southern Ohio.  We plan to hold the Tailgate Party celebration at a location in central Ohio making it more convenient for those in the northern and southern parts of the state.  We are also planning on adding a car show this next year to expand our reach into the community. If you have any interest in being part of the planning committee, please contact Dan Shirk at 937-926-4305 or dshirk@ohiomasonichome.org. *Statistics can be found on www.alz.org.

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