Walk to End Alzheimer’s Raises Over $220,000

Alzheimer’s on Saturday, Aug. 26 at the Fayette County Courthouse. The event raised over $220,000 to fund Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs.

Teams continue to fundraise and those who were unable to attend Saturday’s event can still make a donation by visiting act.alz.org/lexington.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s research. The Alzheimer’s Association is also the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care.

Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association has mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk.

In addition to the two-mile course in Lexington, local participants learned about Alzheimer’s disease and how to get involved with the cause, including advocacy opportunities, clinical studies, support programs and other services.

The event also included a tribute to those who have experienced or are experiencing Alzheimer’s.

“Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the signature fundraising event for the Alzheimer’s Association, said DeeAnna Esslinger, Executive Director of the local chapter of Alzheimer’s Association.

“The generous donations allow us to continue the support of research for a cure as well as provide programs and services to families in our community, and to fund our 24-hour helpline. Every 66 seconds, another person learns they have Alzheimer’s, and every dollar counts for finding a cure.”

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 will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond today’s more than 5 million Americans affected to as many as 16 million by 2050. In Kentucky alone, there are almost 70,000 people living with Alzheimer’s.

Info: (800) 272-3900 or visit alz.org.