More than 3,300 people joined the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s® – Charlotte in the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease at BB&T Ballpark on Oct. 13. Participants raised more than $575,000 to fund Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs. Donations are still being accepted through Dec. 31 at http://act.alz.org/charlotte.
“Our Walk participants, volunteers, sponsors, staff and the greater Charlotte community went above and beyond to make this year’s Walk a huge success,” said Katherine L. Lambert, CEO of the Western Carolina Chapter. “We appreciate everyone coming together to take steps for Alzheimer’s disease and to raise critical funds for Alzheimer’s research and local support services.”
This year’s Walk was locally presented by Sharon Towers. The Emcees for the day’s festivities were: Rob Tanner, Host of 103.7’s Tanner in the Morning Show; and Francene Marie from The Francene Marie Show – Public Affairs Director for Beasley Media Group, Inc., Charlotte. In addition, actor, writer and director Angie Harmon gave remarks during the opening ceremony and helped countdown to kick off the event.
Sharon Towers Walkers was the top fundraising team at this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, raising $38,924. The other top fundraising teams include: Team Cadwalader ($28,577) and Just Keep Swimming ($25,567).
Added Lambert, “Congratulations to the top teams for their stellar fundraising efforts. Together, we are showing the more than 13,900 people estimated to be living with Alzheimer’s in Mecklenburg County that we care and we will never give up in the fight to end this disease.”
Additional Facts and Figures: (http://www.alz.org/facts/)
- One in 10 people age 65 and older (10 percent) has Alzheimer’s dementia.
- An estimated 5.7 million Americans, including 170,000 North Carolina residents, 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.
Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®:
The Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter hosts fourteen walks across central and western North Carolina during the months of 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®.
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 110,000 people currently living with Alzheimer’s disease and their 330,000 caregivers 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.