The local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association has set a goal of raising $33,000 at the Bluegrass Regional Walk to End Alzheimer’s this year. The Association’s largest local fundraiser will take place on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Berea Community School.
“Funds raised for the Walk will provide support services for the 67,000 Kentuckians and 100,000 Indiana residents living with Alzheimer’s, as well as their families and caregivers, while also contributing to critically needed research to find a cure,” said Teri Shirk, Executive Director for the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Shirk noted that Alzheimer’s disease is the only one of the top 10 causes of death in America for which there is no treatment to stop or even slow its progression. “Alzheimer’s is also the most expensive disease in America,” Shirk added.
In addition to raising funds, the Bluegrass Regional Walk to End Alzheimer’s is an opportunity for hundreds of participants to learn about Alzheimer’s and what they can do to help change the trajectory of the disease, which is predicted to afflict more than 86,000 Kentuckians and 130,000 Indiana residents by 2025. Participants will learn about advocacy opportunities, the latest in Alzheimer’s research and clinical trial programs, and support programs and services for families dealing with the disease. Each walker will also get to sign their loved one’s name on a colored pinwheel flower that will be planted in a “Promise Garden” to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
The Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana holds 12 walks across the region from September through October each year. Chapter-wide, the goal of the combined 2014 Walks is slightly more than $1.1 million. During the 2013 Walk season, the chapter hit the $1 million fundraising mark for the first time in its history.
“We hope to reach or exceed our goals in every one of our markets this year. We set very aggressive — but also very reachable — targets. We’re encouraging teams and individuals across the entire chapter’s service area to start now, if they haven’t already, to raise funds for their Walk teams so we can continue to meet the growing need for the services and programs we provide,” said Shirk. The Chapter provides Walk team captain kits and a variety of other tools to help teams reach their fundraising goals.
The local Chapter provides services to 125 counties across Kentucky and Southern Indiana, including support groups, caregiver training, and a 24/7 Helpline (800-272-3900). For a full list of the chapter’s programming in the area or for other information about Alzheimer’s disease, visit www.alz.org/kyin/. To participate in one of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s events within the Chapter’s region, visit www.alz.org/walk, and click on the appropriate state.
About the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s:
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research. Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association has mobilized millions of Americans through this event. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s – the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.
About the Alzheimer’s Association:
The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.