More than 300 people participated in the Eastside Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. The event, which is hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter, has raised over $117,000 to fund Alzheimer’s and dementia research and local support services for people living with the disease and their families.
Timber Ridge of Issaquah led the way as this year’s top team, raising over $27,000 for the event. Associates from Edward Jones, the national presenting sponsor for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, also stepped up and raised over $16,000 this year.
In Washington, there are 120,000 people living with Alzheimer’s and another 295,000 unpaid family caregivers providing support to a loved one with dementia. Prior to the pandemic, it was the sixth leading cause of death nationally and kills more people each year than breast and prostate cancer combined.
The Alzheimer’s Association provides a variety of support services, including a 24/7 Helpline (1.800.272.3900), support groups and educational programs for people living with the disease and their caregivers. The organization is also the world’s largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s and dementia research, investing over $250 million in hopes of finding an effective means of prevention, treatment and ultimately, a cure.
Donations for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be accepted through Dec. 31, 2021. To make a gift or for more information, please visit alz.org/walk or call 1.800.272.3900.