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Annual 'Walk to End Alzheimer's' seeks participants


MANCHESTER — If you work for the city of Manchester, don’t plan to sit on the couch on Sept. 28.

That’s the day that Colleen Driscoll, a payroll coordinator in the Manchester police department, wants to get city workers on the street as part of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

This is the third year that Driscoll has fielded a team of city workers. Two years ago, four city workers decided at the last minute to participate and raised $750. The following year 21 city workers raised $1,700.They joined about 1,100 people who participated in the Manchester walk last year.

“It’s rejuvenating,” she said. “It just makes you feel like you’re doing something for a good cause. It’s just an overwhelming feeling. It’s inspirational.”

The 2013 walk is scheduled for Sept. 28 — the last Saturday of the month. Participants will meet at Arms Park in the Millyard and walkers will log either 1 1/2 or 3 miles. A similar event is slated for Keene on Sept. 21 and Portsmouth on Sept. 29.

Last year, the Manchester walk raised more than $176,000. Driscoll said November marks her 25th year with the city, and she’s not related to the former police chief, Mark Driscoll. She said she walked the first year in honor of her mother, former state Rep. Alice McDonough-Wallace, who died of Alzheimer’s disease in 2011.Driscoll is captain of the city team.

She said she has received the OK from Mayor Ted Gatsas to email all city workers to encourage them to participate. And she has placed posters in break rooms.

“As every year passes,” she said, “we’ll obviously create more walkers, more participants.”

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