On Saturday, October 18, Kristin Connolly will be walking to help raise money for Alzheimer's Disease Research as part of the third annual Westhampton Beach Walk and Fall Festival, which is sponsored by the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center of Bayshore.
So far, the walk has received $14,835 in pledges with $2,000 of that coming from the friends and family of Connolly, who is walking for the second year in a row.
Connolly, who is one of 70 walkers in this year's event, hopes to surpass the amount she raised last year — a whopping $2,500, which was the largest amount raised by a single person, as well as team.
While raising money is huge for Alzheimer's Disease Research is one reason Connolly decided to get involved in the annual walk, she also said she hopes to raise awareness about the disease, especially since her mother is living with early onset Alzheimer's Disease.
Of the outpouring of support for his wife's charitable walk, Chris Connolly said, "I'm constantly amazed how people can come together simply for the sake of doing something good."
Connolly said donations have come in from as far away as Australia thanks to the power of the internet.
"We both couldn't be happier with the support from friends and acquaintances and even people we don't know. It has been amazing," said Chris.
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