Memory walk to benefit Alzheimer’s Association

Come rain or shine, Bea Ragsdell will celebrate her 77th birthday today by raising money for the Alzheimer’s Association. If it’s a dry Pacific Northwest day, Ragsdell will be the one with meticulously coiffed gray hair wearing a blue walking outfit. If it rains, she will carry a blue umbrella with white stars.

Any way about it, she’ll walk.

By Wednesday afternoon, Ragsdell had raised about $600 for the Kitsap County Memory Walk, which is today at the Silverdale Waterfront Park. Participants can choose to walk either 1.2 miles or 3.2 miles.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m.

Ragsdell has two reasons to participate in the walk, which benefits the Western and Central Washington State Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

“For one thing, I walk a lot for my health because it’s good for me,” Ragsdell said. “For another thing,

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