Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Aberdeen shatters record

Nearly 500 people participated in this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s — Moore County in the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease at Aberdeen Lake Park on Sept. 30. With a fundraising goal of $60,000, participants helped surpass that goal, raising more than $102,000 to fund Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs of the Alzheimer’s Association. This is a record for the Moore County walk.

“Many thanks to our dedicated Walk participants, volunteers, sponsors, staff and the Moore County community for coming together to take steps for all those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and all other dementia,” said Katherine L. Lambert, CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association — Western Carolina Chapter. “We appreciate everyone involved for raising critical funds for Alzheimer’s research and local support services.”

Edward Jones — Region 355 was the top fundraising team at this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, raising $12,305. The other top fundraising teams include Servin’ Up a Cure ($10,950) and McKee Homes ($9,243).

On walk day, participants honored those affected by Alzheimer’s with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony — a mission-focused experience that signifies solidarity in the fight against the disease. The colors of the Promise Garden flowers represent people’s connection to Alzheimer’s — their personal reasons to end the disease.

Presented by McKee Homes, the day also featured fun, all-ages entertainment and family-friendly music. There was also a special performance by current reigning Miss North Carolina, Taylor Loyd, who sang the national anthem.

More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease — a leading cause of death in the United States. Additionally, more than 11 million family members and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In North Carolina alone, there are 180,000 people living with the disease and 369,000 caregivers. Moore County has an Alzheimer’s prevalence rate of 12.1% in its age 65 and older population.

Even though it has surpassed its goal, the Association is keeping up the momentum and continuing to raise critical funds and awareness by the end of the year. Walk day may have passed, but donations are still being accepted through Dec. 31 at act.alz.org/moorecounty.

Contributed/Photo and videos via Alzheimer’s Association.

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