Ruth Sprague, activity assistant and receptionist, with her memory quilt

Life Care Center of Port St. Lucie, Florida, gets very involved with fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and 2018 was no exception.


In September, the facility sold chances to win a special memory quilt, handmade by Ruth Sprague, activity assistant and receptionist. Sprague made the purple quilt in honor of her mother, who passed away from Alzheimer’s disease.


“My mother, widowed at only 44 years old, inspired my twin sister and I throughout her lifetime,” said Sprague. “She was into the late stages of the disease before we knew of it. Toward the end, she was admitted to Life Care Center of Winter Haven, [Florida,] where she was well taken care of. This played a big part in wanting to give back to Life Care and as a testimony to my mother.”


Tickets sold for $5 each or three tickets for $10, and the sales raised $1,005 for the facility Walk to End Alzheimer’s team.


Linda Scott, mother of April Bowers, executive director, was the winner of the drawing for the quilt on Sept. 29.


“She had several family members’ names embroidered on the quilt, so it meant a lot to her to get it,” said Rena Pellerin, admissions director.


Sept. 29 was also the day of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Jensen Beach, Florida, and many associates from the facility, along with family members, participated as walkers.


So far, Life Care Center of Port St. Lucie has raised more than $2,000, and the team expects to raise even more during the center’s annual Christmas Tree Festival.