The Last Time – I Promise


THANK YOU – THANK YOU – THANK YOU for all of your contributions to my walk. With only 1 1/2 days before the walk, the spirit of Duquesne’s love continues with donations of $1825.00 so far!



The last thing that I want to do, is anger you with a continual plea for something. I know you read this blog to join me in remembering the Duquesne of our youth. I assure you that my intention is to continue to share those memories with you. However, as I mentioned in my last blog, I am attempting to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Walk for the Cure to be held in Salisbury, MD in 5 days, October 26, 2013.

Many of you have made a donation already, and I cannot thank you enough!! Every dollar helps. However, with only a few short days remain to donate, I wanted to make my plea, ONE LAST TIME. In honor of my Aunt Peggy……………………….

Aunt Peggy has been my “other mother” for a long time now. Having lost my mother to heart disease when I was 12 years old, my aunt has been my rock and has always been there for me. Last week, I visited her in Pittsburgh, and was heartbroken to see how quickly her memory has faded. Although she is in an apartment currently, arrangements are being finalized to move her into an assisted living facility. She isn’t aware of the impending move, I know it won’t be well received by her, but it is the right thing to do in order to assure that she will be taken care of. As I sat with her and talked, I was reminded of the song, Hello In There: 

coupleYa’ know that old trees just grow stronger,

And old rivers grow wilder ev’ry day.

Old people just grow lonesome

Waiting for someone to say, “Hello in there, hello.”

So if you’re walking down the street sometime

And spot some hollow ancient eyes,

Please don’t just pass ’em by and stare

As if you didn’t care, say, “Hello in there, hello.”

Alzheimer’s has often been referred to as “the long goodbye.” I completely understand why. Those of us who live on the other side of the fog that clouds her mind feel helpless and unable to impact the course of the disease.

Along with my entire family, I will be participating in a fund-raising effort in Salisbury, MD that will attempt to raise money for Alzheimer research and the ultimate cure. The 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s Eastern Shore Walk takes place on Saturday, October 26, 2013. I am part of the Shamrock Realty Team, but trying to raise donations and find supporters for my part of the team’s walk.

If you are able to make a donation to my walk, I would be SO grateful. My family and I are participating in the walk in honor of Aunt Peggy, Uncle Joe, Uncle Gary and Aunt Helen. Your reason to donate might not only be for my aunts and uncles, but for a parent, a grandparent, a family member or for that special older person who was part of your life. Please consider a donation, please help and I promise, this will be the last time I ask… 

If you are able to help, please do the following:

1.     Click on the following link:

2.     You will connect to my team’s page. On the bottom left of the page, you will see a box contain my name – JIM VOLK. Click on my name.

3.     You will now be connected to my walk page. Click the green box on the right that reads    $-DONATE TO MY WALK.

4.     You will now be connected to the contribution page. You can choose your level of donation from the list provided or enter the amount wish. The rest of the form in self-explanatory.

5.     To finalize your donation, just press COMPLETE DONATION at the end of the form.



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3 Responses to The Last Time – I Promise

  1. Burt Simon says:

    Jim, I was on the Serra website, saw your picture and read about The Duquesne Hunky. After reading for a while you brought back a lot of memories about Eastland and the Great Valley shopping centers I had forgotten about, even though I grew up in the immediate area. I’m not sure if you remember me and will probably have to look up my picture in your Serra yearbook. Anyway, I made a small contribution for your Alzheimer’s Walk. Thank you for the memories, and the best of luck on your walk.

    A. J. (Burt) Simon

  2. Beth Pastrick Keane says:

    I love your posts, have provided so many wonderful memories to all of us and have allowed us to reconnect with each other…I made a contribution not only for your Aunt Peggy but as a way of thanking you for this wonderful page. You have touched so many people. Thank you. I wish i could walk with you, but know we will all be walking with you..cheering you on!! You are awesome!

  3. R John Fox Jr says:


    I enjoy your posts! My mother had Alzheimer’s (Hope that it is not a Duquesne thing!) Glad to contribute. My folks moved from Duquesne in 1966 when I started Med school. I get back for DHS reunions and am always upset with the deterioration of a great town. Thanks for keeping the memories alive!

    John Fox

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