Thousands walk in the 2016 Walk To End Alzheimer’s

GLEN ALLEN, Va. (WRIC) – More than 2,000 people registered to walk in the 2016 Walk To End Alzheimer’s held at the Markel Plaza Saturday morning.

The annual fundraiser goes towards the Alzheimer’s Association that provides services to those living with the disease, caregivers, and furthers research in hopes of finding a cure.

Elizabeth Watson, a volunteer on the walk committee said she walks for those she has lost in her family and for the thousands of people in our community who have been touched by Alzheimer’s disease.

“Personally, it’s important to me because I’ve lost my grandmother, my aunt, and then in 2010 I lost my mother and I was her caregiver and I have taken advantage of services offered by the Alzheimer’s Association,” Watson said. “It’s a very small group of people that work here and really do a lot of great work.”

Jeff Baldwin with the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond said the Walk To End Alzheimer’s is the largest fundraiser they have in the year and the goal Saturday, to raise $510,000.

“When you look around here today and you see the 2,000 people who are coming out on a beautiful Saturday morning — that’s what it’s all about,” Baldwin said. “To fund the research, growth and programs, but it’s also changing the stigma and letting people know you’re not in this alone we want you to turn to the Alzheimer’s Association, if you need us.”

Watson said the 90 percent of the program offered for families are free and aimed to support people living with the disease as well as their caregivers.

“It’s important to the community as well because Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. and of the top 10 causes of death this is the only disease where there is no method of slowing it down, no cure, really no treatment,” Watson said. “We really need to raise awareness as well as funds.”

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