More than 270 people joined the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s® – Moore County in the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease at Aberdeen Lake Park on Oct. 6. Participants raised $43,000 to fund Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs so far.
“Our Walk participants, volunteers, sponsors, staff and the greater Moore County community went above and beyond to make this year’s Walk a huge success,” said Katherine L. Lambert, CEO of the Western Carolina Chapter. “We appreciate everyone coming together to take steps for Alzheimer’s disease and to raise critical funds for Alzheimer’s research and local support services.”
Chapel in the Pines was the top fundraising team at this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, raising $2,585. The other top fundraising teams include: Nurses Supporting Neurons ($2,389) and FirstHealth Hospice and Palliative Care ($1,790).
#2 top fundraising team, Nurses Supporting Neurons (photo via Alzheimer’s Association)
Added Lambert, “Congratulations to the top teams for their stellar fundraising efforts. Together, we are showing the more than 2,800 people estimated to be living with Alzheimer’s in Moore County that we care and we will never give up in the fight to end this disease.”
Additional Facts and Figures: (http://www.alz.org/facts/)
~One in 10 people age 65 and older (10 percent) has Alzheimer’s dementia.
~An estimated 5.7 million Americans, including 170,000 North Carolina residents, are living with Alzheimer’s, a number estimated to grow to as many as 16 million by year 2050.
~Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women.
~African-Americans are about twice as likely to have Alzheimer’s or other dementias as older whites.
~Hispanics are about one and one-half times as likely to have Alzheimer’s or other dementias as older whites.
Grand champion Levi Pritchard who raised more than $1,500 through his lemonade stand. (Photo via Alzheimer’s Association)
Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®:
The Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter hosts fourteen walks across central and western North Carolina during the months of September and October. The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s 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®.
Feature photo via Alzheimer’s Association: Promise Flower Ceremony participants, each representing their connection to Alzheimer’s (L,R) Sandy Cifranic, Beth Kaufman, Trevor Morgan, and Hydia Parker.