Picture Courtesy of Hallie Huynh
By Mae Castellano
Wanting to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s, Insane Ink has created a team for the Alzheimer’s Walk on Oct. 8 at Arena Green. Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disorder that leads to memory loss and changes in thinking. According to Alzheimer’s Association, one in three seniors die with Alzheimer’s or another kind of dementia.
“It’s a good thing to do for my community,” states Insane Ink’s CEO Hallie Huynh. Every year, Insane Ink enjoys doing non-profit events, with last year’s event being Step Out For Diabetes. Because it’s a non-profit occasion, Insane Ink will give 50% of its money back to the community, following their 50/50 concept. Business Dept. Co-Chairman Diane Pereira is happy that they surpassed their goal of $2,000.
“It is very significant. Even if it’s not affecting you today, it could possibly in the future,” declares Mrs. Pereira. The Alzheimer’s Walk will mean a lot to those with experiences involving the disease. Business Dept. Co-Chairman Mitch Method’s mother-in-law had recently passed with Alzheimer’s, and with Mr. Method’s wife’s involvement with the walk, it was good timing. Insane Ink likes doing two non-profit events a year, one near the beginning and end of the year.
“I want (students, teachers or anyone in the community) to want to come and support the disease,” provides Hallie. Insane Ink didn’t want to force anyone to go, but it would be great if people showed up and lended a hand in raising money and awareness for this disease, especially if they didn’t know much about it.
“Overall, it’s a sad disease,” mentions history teacher Maria De La Rosa. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and someone is diagnosed with this chronic disease every 66 seconds. As of right now, there is no chance of preventing, slowing or curing Alzheimer’s. This disease also kills more lives than breast and prostate cancer combined.