BY LUIS GRONDA
Later this month, you will be able to ride the Forest Park Carousel and raise money to help fight Alzheimer’s.
The New York City Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will host the third annual “An Evening Ride on the Forest Park Carousel to End Alzheimer’s” on Aug. 22.
The now-annual fundraiser is primarily organized by Kew Gardens resident Carol Lacks, who became involved in the organization after her mother, Rose, was diagnosed with dementia about 11 years ago.
Lacks said events like the carousel fundraiser are important because, in addition to raising money to fight a disease that currently has no cure, it brings people together who are going through the same thing of taking care of a loved one with this disease.
“There are many people who have a story about someone in their lives that has Alzheimer’s,” she said.
Lacks said her mother, now 96 years old, is doing well and still has some awareness of her surroundings.
Diane Marinconz is helping take care of her mother, Lillian, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s about nine years ago.
Marinconz said she was not involved in the Alzheimer’s community when her mom was first diagnosed, but started assessing her options as the disease got worse. She said her mom started losing her memory quicker and become more forgetful of who she was.
“I didn’t know what to do when I saw the changes happening,” said Marinconz, a Howard Beach resident.
She then became involved in the Queens Walk to End Alzheimer’s, an annual event at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, which also raises money for the Alzheimer’s Association, raising about $3,500 her first time in the walk. Since then, she has been heavily involved in fundraising, becoming the co-chair of the Queens Walk to End Alzheimer’s committee.
Marinconz said fundraisers like the one at the carousel help fund research to find some kind of remedy for Alzheimer’s.
“The more money we can throw at it, the better,” she said.
According to Lacks, there will be prizes raffled off at the carousel fundraiser and Cido the Clown will entertain the audience with a performance as well.
The Alzheimer’s fundraiser at the Forest Park Carousel is scheduled to run from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
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