RIT Honors-Student Walks in Father’s Memory
Sept. 19, 2005
by Marcia Morphy
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Christopher Adams lost his father to a related form of Alzheimer’s disease when he was in the eighth grade. Now 20, the Rochester Institute of Technology third-year marketing major has formed a team to walk in the Alzheimer Association’s Memory Walk this Saturday, Sept. 24.
Adams is president of the Lowenthal Group, a service and leadership organization within RIT’s College of Business. But he is much more than an ambassador to incoming freshmen and students on campus; he has become actively involved in fundraising for an organization that helped his family when they needed it most.
“My father, Gerard, was 54 when he died,” Adams recalls. “His case was extremely rare, like one in a million, and it happened at a time when I really needed him—when I was becoming a teenager.”
So Adams engaged 12 students from RIT’s Lowenthal Group to “walk the walk,” and has raised $2,000 for the cause.
“It’s more than any other team in the city,” says Adams, a native of Irondequoit. “Of that, $1,600 was my doing.”
Adams also contacted RIT President Albert Simone, “who has been very sympathetic to the effort.”
“RIT will contribute $500 and a team of 40 to the event,” Adams notes. “Thinking back to my Dad, he participated in the Alzheimer Association’s walk before he died. I and my teammates in the Lowenthal Group are making sure he will not be forgotten.”
Editor’s Note: To reach Christopher Adams prior to-or on the day of the walk, contact him at 585-314-1752.