Will you be in Florida for spring training this weekend?  If so, join the Nationals' First Ladies for the Alzheimer's Memory Walk on Saturday, March 6 at Space Coast Stadium at 9 a.m. 

We did the walk last year and had a great time getting to know the First Ladies while raising awareness and donations to end Alzheimer's.  We will not be in Viera this weekend so wanted to pass on the word to any fans interested in making a donation or participating in the walk. 

Shari Langerhans, wife of Ryan Langerhans (now with the Seattle Mariners) got the Nats involved in the event last year because the Langerhans family had been personally effected by Alzheimer's.  Ashley Balester (wife of Collin Balester) has taken over the team captain reigns from Shari and the event is even bigger in its second year.  So far they have raised $4525.00 (which is currently leading all teams in donations for the Viera walk) and hopefully that number will grow before the walk on Saturday.

Fans that want to get involved can donate on the First Ladies team page or even join them for the walk.  It is even more convenient this year -- the walk will take place at Space Coast Stadium the morning of the Nationals' home opener against the Mets.

The Washington Nationals First Ladies Program is involved with many community services projects throughout the entire baseball season.  Check the website for upcoming events.

Currently more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's, and 78 million baby boomers are at risk – unless we find a way to change the course of the disease. Nats fans may remember that Nationals' Team President Stan Kasten's mother, Sylvia Kasten, passed away last March from Alzeheimers. 

The Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk® is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer's disease. The money we raise will go toward research to treat and prevent Alzheimer's, and programs to improve the lives of millions of Americans.

Click here to donate.
Alzheimer's Memory Walk Facebook Page.

Here are a few photos from the Alzheimer's Memory Walk on March 21, 2009....