More than 800 residents from Peachtree City and surrounding areas joined the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s in the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease Saturday, October 6, at Fredrick Brown, Jr. Amphitheater in Peachtree City. Participants raised more than $215,000 to support the care, support and research programs of the Alzheimer’s Association.
“We are grateful to the Peachtree City community for coming together to show their support of those living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers,” added Linda Davidson, Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter. “Because of the generosity from the community, we are one step closer to putting an end to this disease”.
Bernie’s Babes with the Neuropsychology Center was the top fundraising team at this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, raising more than$20,000. Bernie’s Babes and the Neuropsychology Center raise funds in honor of Pat Rosenbach’s husband Bernie, as well as so many others living with dementia. The team participated in their first Walk in 2011 and has raised more than $97,000 to date.
This year’s 20th annual event had its beginnings in 2000 when Rotarian Floy Farr and Elaine Gaillard, Community Relations Director at Ashley Glen, organized the Walk in honor of Floy Farr’s wife. This year total fundraising proceeds from this event have topped $3 million dollars over its 20-year history.
“On behalf of the Alzheimer’s Association staff, volunteers and committee, I would like to thank National Presenting Sponsor Edward Jones, Elite Sponsor Heartis Senior Living Fayetteville, and Premier Sponsors The Neuropsychology Center and Kroger”, added Sue Shaffer, chair, 2019 Peachtree City Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
Participants enjoyed music from the Peachtree Jazz Edition, a kid’s area, lunch, and a raffle after a three-mile walk along beautiful Lake Peachtree. Donations are still being accepted through December 31 at georgiawalk.org.
More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease – the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. Additionally, more than 16 million family members and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In Georgia alone, there are more than 150,000 people living with the disease and 533,000 caregivers.
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’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 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 www.alz.org or call 800.272.3900.