Columbia, SC (WLTX)- There were more than 700 walkers at Finlay Park this morning participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's.
The event raised $69,000 dollars and counting. Supporters can still donate at alz.org. Alzheimer's Association are accepting donations through November 25th.
"There has never been a greater need for the citizens of Columbia to join in the fight against Alzheimer's disease," said Cindy Alewine, President/CEO of the Alzheimer's Association, South Carolina Chapter.
"For many of us, Alzheimer's is personal. We can remember the day that our loved one was diagnosed or when they no longer recognized their family. It is a heartbreaking disease that must be stopped."
Walk to End Alzheimer's is an uplifting experience uniting the community - family, friends, co-workers, social and religious groups and more - in a display of combined strength and dedication in the fight against this devastating disease. In addition to walk, participants will join in a meaningful ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer's disease. Participants also had the opportunity to get more involved through advocacy and clinical trial enrollment, as well as learn more about support programs and services available for caregiving families.
The funds that were raised will provide care and support services to the 80,000 residents of South Carolina living with Alzheimer's, while also supporting critically-needed research.
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.