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Sara Farley Brechka's Fundraiser:

20 Miles for 20 Years

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Sara Farley Brechka


The Who & The Why:

I advocate for a small and wonderful non profit in Ocean County, New Jersey, Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey (CVCJ). CVCJ was founded in January 1993 by a Toms River couple who had the vision of helping the home bound elderly live independently and with dignity in their own homes for as long as they wish. It has weathered the years, celebrating 20 years in 2013, and currently helps over 2000 elderly with tasks such as transportation to and from doctors appointments and grocery shopping. They help ease the feelings of isolation and loneliness by arranging pet visitations and friendly visits.

There is even a program called the Alzheimer's Respite Care Program which specifically matches trained volunteers to families caring for a loved one with dementia. The volunteer visits each week and gives the caregiver a MUCH needed break from the day to day responsibilities of supervision.


In recognition of CVCJ's 20 years of helping the elderly in Ocean County, I will walk 20 miles over the course of several months, charting my progress along the way. Now to most people, that seems a LONG time to take to walk 20 miles, but I am living with Multiple Sclerosis. For the most part it isn't noticeable, but I can't walk down my street without help. I count my steps and avoid the mall because there are long stretches and not enough seats. And I realize that what I live with daily are the same struggles that the elderly face. Those struggles are for different reasons, but they are the same struggles. So this is a project that I wanted to do for me so I can personally build my strength and for an organization who ensures that just because someone is frail and elderly doesn't mean they don't have the right to live at home and with dignity.



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