NORWALK, Conn. — Westport's Deb Faruggio among the nearly 800 walkers, who have raised $135,776 to date, who will participate in the Fairfield County Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Norwalk on Sunday, according to event organizers.
Faruggio's company, Task Home Care Services, is the gold sponsor for this year’s walk, and she has formed two walk teams.
Like many, she has a personal connection to the cause. Faruggio cared for her father as he struggled with Alzheimer’s for seven years.
To help with his care, she she built a strong support team within her family. Faruggio said the experience gave her family the chance to work together and become closer.
As the founder of Task Home Care Services of Westport, Faruggio said she has made a personal commitment to provide Fairfield County with well-trained, informed and compassionate caregivers.
She was also given the honor of holding the orange flower in the 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer's. The flower symbolizes those who collectively share the vision of a world without Alzheimer's disease.
“It’s an honor to be recognized as a champion of support for the cause,” she said, crediting the support of her team — friends, family members and employees. “They share the same vision I have.”
When asked what advice she would give to those who learn that one their loved ones has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, she said they should reach out to the community.
“Talk to as many people as you can,” Faruggio said. “People are eager to share their experiences and are able to help.”
The experience of walking with others at the event last year reinforced the idea that those who suffer from Alzheimer’s and their families are not alone, she said.
The Fairfield County Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place Sunday from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk.
To register, click here. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 15 and can be made online.
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