More than 300 people joined the Alzheimer’s Association - Western Carolina Chapter’s Wilkes County Walk to End Alzheimer’s® at Yadkin Valley Marketplace on Saturday, Oct. 14. Participants raised a record-breaking amount – over $46,600 – for this event to fund Alzheimer's care, support and research programs.
“We want to thank our Walk participants, volunteers, sponsors and the Wilkes County community for the amazing support in helping fight Alzheimer’s disease and making this year’s Walk a tremendous success,” said Katherine L. Lambert, CEO of the Western Carolina Chapter. “Our Walks are a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together to take steps for Alzheimer’s disease and raise funds for Alzheimer’s research and local support services.”
Promises to Peggy was the top fundraising team at this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, raising $7,122. The other top fundraising teams include: RGV Steppers ($6,128) and Memories Matter ($5,988).
Added Lambert, “Hats off to our top teams for their stellar fundraising efforts and to all of our participants for helping us surpass our fundraising goal. Together, we are showing the more than 1,660 people estimated to be living with Alzheimer’s in Wilkes County that we care and we will never give up in the fight to end this disease.”
Donations for the event are still being accepted through Dec. 31. To make a gift to a local participant or team, go to: http://act.alz.org/WilkesCounty.
Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®
The Alzheimer’s Association - Western Carolina Chapter hosts fourteen walks across central and western North Carolina in 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®. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s - the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.
Additional Facts and Figures: (http://www.alz.org/facts/)
● One in 10 people age 65 and older (10 percent) has Alzheimer's dementia.
● More than five million Americans 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.
About the Alzheimer’s Association:
The Alzheimer’s Association is the 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. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s.
About the Alzheimer’s Association - Western Carolina Chapter:
The Western Carolina Chapter provides patient and family services, information and referral, education, and advocacy in the 49 central and western North Carolina counties that serves over 100,000 people currently living with Alzheimer's disease in these counties. We provide a variety of services including a 24/7 Helpline, support groups, educational programs, and MedicAlert®. We offer opportunities to get involved and to make a difference. For more information about Alzheimer's disease or the Alzheimer's Association - Western Carolina Chapter, visit www.alz.org/northcarolina or call (800) 272-3900. For the latest news and updates, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Contact: Kathleen Holland