Shopkeepers Walk to End Alzheimers
By Ishwari Nagnur
For Pattie Robinson, Robinson’s Chocolates is more than just a business — it is her mother’s legacy. As the only women business owner in the Montgomery shopping center, Nancy Robinson was a pioneer and leader for women in Montgomery businesses. Pattie’s mother developed dementia and later Alzheimer’s disease, battling it for many years.
Pattie recalls, “I watched her being the life of the party, greeting the customers, and remembering their orders, to the door opening and her not even knowing the person or being able to work in the business.” Nancy Robinson passed away a few years ago from Alzheimer’s but her legacy and business is continued through her daughter Pattie and her husband Jim.
Striving to honor her mother, Pattie began to understand more about the Alzheimer's Association and their Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
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Pattie first became involved in the Walk in 2019 and made her first donation to the Alzheimer’s Association at the store’s anniversary party in honor of her mother. Now, at Robinson’s Chocolates, a percentage of every sale is donated to the association.
Pattie is co-chairperson of the Mercer-Middlesex Walk to End Alzheimer's Committee and continues to be captain of her team, Raisin with Robinsons.
Learn more at alz.org/njwalk. ■