Ottumwa area residents participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Thursday, September 15 at the Bridge View Center. Walkers helped raise $20,000 so far to support the care, support, and research programs of the Alzheimer’s Association.
The amount raised is not a final figure. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, fundraising continues through the end of the year, and donations can be made at alz.org/walk.
Team Penn Place Promise, led by Team Captain Brenda Miller, raised $3,500 in honor of their patients and residents.
The other top teams and walkers are:
· Top Walker Connie Millard, Team Captain of Connie Cares, who raised $1,100
· Team Karon Coffey Clan, led by Team Captain Ed Coffey, who raised $2,000
· Team Mary’s Mission, led by Team Captain Robin Turner, who raised over $800
More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease – a leading cause of death in the United States. Additionally, more than 11 million family members and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In Iowa, there are more than 66,000 people living with the disease and 73,000 caregivers.
(photo courtesy of Olson Miller)
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