Alzheimer’s walk fundraising tops $67K

From Local Sources

JASPER — More than 300 residents from the tri-county area joined the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sept. 29 on the Jasper Riverwalk. Participants exceeded their goal of $63,000 and raised nearly $67,000 to fund Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs.

Led by their team captain of several years, Morgan Schaeffer, The Timbers of Jasper was the top fundraising team at this year’s walk, raising more than $9,100.

“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 fund our 24-hour helpline,” said DeeAnna Esslinger, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter. “Every 65 seconds, another person in the United States develops the disease and every dollar counts for finding a cure.”

More than 110,000 people are living with the disease in Indiana. There are 338,000 caregivers in the state. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth-leading cause of death and the only disease among the top 10 causes that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed. Additionally, more than 16 million family and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Even though the 2018 walk is over, the organization is still accepting donations through the end of the year at alz.org/walk.




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