Press release from Alzheimer’s Association-Western Carolina Chapter:
More than 300 people joined the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s® – Asheville in the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease at Pack Square Park on Sept. 15. Participants raised over $107,000 to fund Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs.
“Our Walk participants, volunteers, sponsors, staff and the Asheville community went above and beyond to make this year’s Walk a huge success,” said Katherine L. Lambert, CEO of the Western Carolina Chapter. “Despite the threat of Hurricane Florence, we appreciate everyone coming together to take steps against Alzheimer’s disease and to raise critical funds for Alzheimer’s research and local support services. That’s a spirit no amount of rain can dampen.”
BB’s Buddies was the top fundraising team at this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, raising $27,620. The other top fundraising teams include: Edwards Echoes ($6,275) and Code 30 ($3,400).
Added Lambert, “Congratulations to the top teams for their stellar fundraising efforts. Together, we are showing the more than 6,100 people estimated to be living with Alzheimer’s in Buncombe County that we care and we will never give up in the fight to end this disease.”
Additional gifts to Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Asheville can be made through Dec. 31 at act.alz.org/asheville.
Additional Facts and Figures: (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.