Walk to End Alzheimer’s Louisville event raises over $500,000 for research, education programs

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More than 2,500 residents from the Louisville area joined the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s and united in a movement to reclaim the future for millions on Saturday at Waterfront Park.

Participants raised approximately $500,000 to fund Alzheimer’s care, support, and research programs. Teams will continue to fundraise through December, and this amount is expected to grow. Those who were unable to attend Saturday’s event can still make a donation by visiting act.alz.org/louisville.

Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter, DeeAnna Esslinger, said, “Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the signature fundraising event for the Alzheimer’s Association. 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. Every 66 seconds, another person learns they have Alzheimer’s, and every dollar counts for finding a cure.”

Walk to End Alzheimer’s participants did more than complete the two-mile course. They learned about Alzheimer’s disease and how to get involved with this critical cause, from advocacy opportunities, clinical studies, support programs, and other services. The event also included a moving promise garden ceremony – a 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 affected to as many as 16 million by 2050. In Kentucky alone, there are almost 70,000 people living with 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 nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.

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. Visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900 for more information.

From Alzhemeimer’s Association

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