In October, Carter stood on the stage at the Dayton Walk to End Alzheimer’s and was overwhelmed by the view as she looked out at over 3,000 colored flower pinwheels filling DayAir Ballpark.
“Alzheimer’s caregivers are truly heroes every day as they care for their loved ones, often in isolation and while working full-time jobs,” Carter said. “The Local Heroes campaign allows us to come together to honor those community heroes who have impacted our lives during the pandemic and raise funds to allow continued programs and support for these caregivers.”
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Local hero nominations could include grocery baggers, fire departments, neighborhood groups that have formed during the pandemic or even your eye doctor.
The idea is to recognize the groups who showed up to help when their community needed them the most.
“They’re competing to see who the top Local Hero team is. … Alzheimer’s is not going away. COVID-19 is slowly going to creep into the background. But right now, we still have 120,000 people in the Dayton community of which 30,000 are impacted by the disease and the other 90,000 are caregivers,” she said.
Prizes have not been officially decided on yet, but Carter said they will come from local businesses. A virtual celebration will be held at the end where winners will be announced.
The campaign runs from June 1 to June 30. The Association is looking for nominations in Beavercreek, Centerville, Dayton, Kettering, Miamisburg and Springboro. More communities, yet to be announced, will be honored in July.
Nominations for Local Heroes will be open from June 1 to June 7. To nominate a Local Hero, go to alz.org/dayton.
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