By Mary Sandridge
Special to the Culpeper Times
More than 190 residents from Culpeper, Madison and Orange joined the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s® and united in a movement to reclaim the future for millions this past Saturday, Sept. 17 at Yowell Meadow Park. Participants raised more than $41,659 to fund Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs.
“This year’s Walk surpassed its goal of $40,000 showing that residents of the Tri-County area want to do what they can to end Alzheimer’s and that this is a cause that is very important to them,” said Sue Friedman, president and CEO of the Central and Western Virginia Chapter.
The Agape Walkers has participated in the Walk for six years. They were the top fundraising team at this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s raising more than $4,664. Team Captain Selene Matthew’s husband, David, was officially diagnosed with dementia in early 2011, at age 60, but was later found to have frontal temporal dementia.
“We have chosen to continue participating in the Walk because we believe the more brain research we do, the more likely we are to find cures or treatments for all types of brain diseases,” said Matthews.
A member of the Agape Walkers, Cheryl Walker was the top fundraising individual raising $2,350.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s participants did more than complete the 2.3 mile Walk. They learned about Alzheimer’s disease and how to get involved with this critical cause, from advocacy opportunities, clinical studies and support programs and services. The event also included an emotional tribute to those who have experienced or are experiencing Alzheimer’s.
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, increasing well beyond today’s more than 5 million Americans to as many as 16 million by 2050. In Virginia alone, there are more than 130,000 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 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.
Mary Sandridge is the Communications Director for the Alzheimer’s Association Central and Western Chapter. You may reach her at 434.973.6122 x106