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Beaverton's Tim Sobol chairs Alzheimer's walk

Tim Sobol hopes Sept. 13 event raises more than $400,000


SUBMITTED PHOTO - Tim Sobol (in yellow shirt) with members of his team during last years Walk to End Alzheimers. The Beaverton resident is chairing the Sept. 13 event for the second year.After a long battle, Alzheimer's disease eventually killed Tim Sobol’s grandfather.

The Beaverton man is fighting back on behalf of his late grandfather and others in his circle of family and friends who have been touched by

dementia-related diagnoses by serving his second consecutive year as chair of the Portland Walk to End Alzheimer's.

Together the events, held in hundreds of locations, raise awareness and millions of dollars for the Alzheimer’s Association to pay for care, support and research. Today, more than 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s, and that number is expected to roughly triple in 35 years as Baby Boomers continue to age.

Sobol, 49, walked in the event for a few years before taking on the role of chair for the 2014 event in Portland. That walk signed up more than 3,800 walkers and raised nearly $400,000, putting it in the upper tier of walks supporting the association.

Sobol said he hopes to top those achievements at this year’s walk, planned for Sept. 13 at Portland International Raceway.

“We’ve got to keep growing it,” he said this week.

“I now walk, not only to remember my grandfather, but for future generations of people who work with people who have Alzheimer’s, know people who have Alzheimer’s or may get Alzheimer’s,” said Sobol, a Murrayhill resident and a vice president of commercial banking for JPMorgan Chase.

Besides the walk, which measures nearly 2 miles around the PIR track, participants can enjoy a classic car show, a “Kidz Zone,” live music and a special tribute to those who have experienced or are experiencing Alzheimer’s.

The Portland Walk is the largest of six events planned in Oregon. The statewide fundraising goal this year is $830,000.

For more information, go to alz.org/walk.

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