One Step at a Time
Kim and Aidan Vaupen with Vicente Jaramillo
Although the forecast called for gloom and rain the day of the 2012 Walk to End Alzheimer’s, the weather gods were smiling. Just as the three-mile walk began, the sun broke through the clouds and there were nothing but sunny skies for the annual fundraiser at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, which is one of six walks that take place throughout Connecticut. Sporting purple (the organization’s signature color), 1,600 people laced up sneakers and hit the road for a good cause, raising more than $200,000. Team Eve—formed in honor of Greenwich magazine editor Cristin Marandino’s mother, who passed away from the disease two years ago—raised nearly $11,000. By 2050, 16 million people are expected to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the only major disease with a 100 percent mortality rate. Proceeds from the walk benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, Connecticut chapter, whose mission is to fund research, increase awareness and provide care and support to victims and their families.