Alzheimer’s More than 350 residents from the Great Lakes Bay area joined the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s Midland and united in a movement to reclaim the future for millions on September 21 at Emerson Park. Participants raised $58,000 to fund Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs.
“I was inspired by the community uniting in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” said Patty Meyer, an Alzheimer’s Association Regional Director. “With funds raised, the Alzheimer’s Association will be able to provide much needed care and support to people affected by the disease as well as fund critically needed Alzheimer’s research.”
Walk to End Alzheimer’s participants did more than complete the one hour walk. They learned more about Alzheimer’s disease and the Association’s critical role in the fight against it, including the latest about Alzheimer’s research and current clinical trials, how they can become involved in advocacy efforts at home and in Washington, DC and the Association’s support programs and services.
The event included a meaningful ceremony to honor those who have Alzheimer’s disease and those who care for them, including the story of Marna Swim, a Saginaw woman who is experiencing Alzheimer’s. Emcees for the program were Scott Stine of Media Partner 96WHNN and Walter Smith-Randolph of Media Partner NBC25. Brookdale Senior Living was a Diamond Chapter Sponsor of the event and Chemical Bank was the Platinum Sponsor.
Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and is now 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 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s today. In the Central Michigan region alone, there are 24,000 people living with Alzheimer’s. For more information on how to make a donation visit alz.org/walk or phone 989.839.9910.