Walk to End Alzheimer's

Brooke Brey, a 10-year-old from Palm Bay, raised $500 for Walk to End Alzheimer's in memory of her great 'Glamma.'

BREVARD COUNTY — One young girl’s ambitious wish to eradicate Alzheimer’s disease started with a simple goal to raise money on behalf of her great “Glamma,” Carol McDougal, who passed away in 2017.

Brooke Brey, a 10-year-old from Palm Bay, participated in the Space Coast Walk to End Alzheimer’s last September, but this time as a fundraiser. She has been walking with Team UFFDA for five years.

Last year, Brooke was able to raise $500 toward awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

“I wanted to raise money because I don’t want anyone else to have Alzheimer’s and I don’t want anyone to forget anything,” Brooke said.

In a school report around the Christmas holidays, Brooke wrote about how Alzheimer’s is the seventh deadliest disease that affects 5.6 million Americans. Her Christmas wish was to end Alzheimer’s disease.

“It runs in the family,” Brooke wrote in her report. “One last reason is they lose memorys [sic] like they might forget your favorite thing or birthday. Imagine that.”

One of Brooke’s favorite memories of her great-grandmother was doing a garage sale to raise money for the 2019 walk. Brooke said she even donated some of her older toys to help with the fundraising efforts.

“I’m very proud of her, it’s how she always is,” said Brooke’s father, Matt McDougal. “She’s so sweet and she has a big heart.”

Brooke said she plans to walk again in the 2020 Walk to End Alzheimer’s with a goal of fundraising $1,000.

The walk is held annually in more than 600 communities across the United States.

For more information, visit www.act.alz.org.

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