Over 200 residents from the Madison County area joined the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s® to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions on September 13 at the Berea Community School. Participants raised more than $41,000 to fund the Alzheimer’s Association care, support and research programs.
“Thank you to all of the participants, teams and sponsors who helped to make this event the largest one yet. The support and generosity this community shows is astounding and is a crucial part in the advancement of the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association,” said Teri Shirk, Executive Director for the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
Jackson Manor was the top fundraising team at this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, raising more than $6,900. Jackson Manor, a health and rehabilitation facility in Annville, walks in honor of their long-term care residents that suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s participants did more than complete the 2 mile walk. They learned about Alzheimer’s disease and how to get involved with this critical cause, from advocacy opportunities and to support programs and services to clinical trials. The event also included an emotional tribute to those who have experienced or are experiencing Alzheimer’s.
The walk planning committee and the Alzheimer’s Association would like to extend a huge thank you to all of our corporate sponsors who helped make this event possible: The Terrace, Just Horsin’ Around Crew, Arcadian Cove, Chiropractic Health Solutions, Cumberland Valley National Bank & Trust, Morning Pointe, Ridge Behavioral Health System, Rockcastle Regional Hospital, Soft Shoe, Inc, Signature Healthcare, Telford Terrace, The Richmond Register and WCYO-FM.
Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease will rapidly escalate, tripling from today’s more than 5 million Americans to as many as 16 million by 2050. In Kentucky alone, there are 80,000 people living with Alzheimer’s. For more information or to make a donation, visit alz.org/walk.
Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research. Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s – the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s research, care and support. 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. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit alz.org® or call 800.272.3900.