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T-shirts to help raise funds for Alzheimer’s research

| October 10, 2012

Kenzie Taylor and her grandfather Bill Compton stand with a t-shirt Taylor designed to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association. Beacon photo by Josie McCormick

COSHOCTON – Every 71 seconds someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

Kenzie Taylor, a senior at River View High School, learned this startling statistic while working on designs for t-shirts to help raise money for Alzheimer’s research.

She was asked to come up with designs for the shirts by her grandfather Bill Compton who is a member of the local committee helping to plan the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, at Kids America. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. and the walk starts at 9:30 a.m.

“Alzheimer’s just doesn’t affect the person diagnosed with it,” Compton said. “It affects their family, their friends and even their extended family.”

The walk and the t-shirts will raise funds to help the Alzheimer’s Association with research.

“An Alzheimer’s patient can look in the mirror and not know who is looking back,” Compton said.

Taylor was amazed by this thought.

“I can’t imagine not knowing who you are or who your family is,” she said. “I know a neighbor of mine has Alzheimer’s but I don’t personally know anyone who is impacted by it. I just wanted to work on the designs because I love to help other people.”

The design selected for the t-shirts reads, “Ending Alzheimer’s One Step At A Time.”

“I wanted something catchy that people would look at and make them stop to realize that Alzheimer’s is this bad,” Taylor said.

The t-shirts are $12 each and are available by calling Sue Renner Miller at 622-6657 at Kids America or by stopping at the facility.

“I’m really proud of her (Kenzie),” Compton said. “I think she did an excellent job with the t-shirts.”

Those interested in participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s® at Coshocton should contact Cindy Baker, Alzheimer’s Association Development Coordinator, at 330-650-0552. Teams may also register online at http://act.alz.org/coshocton2012. Baker also can be contacted for tickets for a handmade, cherry wood wall clock that is being raffled off. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5.

“We are hoping to have a lot more individuals at this year’s walk,” Compton said. “There will be fun activities, drinks, snacks and a chance to raise awareness.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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