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‘Can’t Means Won’t’ Run/Walk Benefits LIAF

The sun shined down, bathing the record crowd of over 260 runners and walkers gathered at Heckscher State Park for the Mary Newman “Can’t Means Won’t” (CMW) 5K Run/Walk in unseasonably warm temperatures this Thanksgiving Saturday. Now in its fourth year, the annual CMW Run/Walk was initiated by the Kinane-Newman family in tribute to mother and grandmother, Mary Newman, after her passing in 2008. This year, the family selected LIAF (The Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation) as one of the beneficiaries of its fundraising efforts, in recognition of Newman’s inspirational dedication to her husband during his years living with young-onset Alzheimer’s disease. PAWS Animal Rescue of Sayville was also an event beneficiary. Each charity is expected to receive over $1,000 from CMW event proceeds.

Located in Port Washington, LIAF offers a continuum of programs and services for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia, aimed at meeting each individual’s unique needs throughout the progression of their condition. Services include brain training, early-stage activity programs, adult day programming, in-home respite, and caregiver support groups. For more information, call 767-6856.