Walking for a Cause

by Nov 29, 2023Nonprofit, Wrightsville Beach

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Wrightsville Beach on November 4 raised more than $164,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association.

On November 4 more than 900 people participated in this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Wilmington at Wrightsville Beach Park. Participants raised more than $164,000 to fund Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Alzheimer's Disease Walk

“Many thanks to our dedicated walk participants, volunteers, sponsors, staff and the New Hanover County community and surrounding area for coming together to take steps for all those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and all other dementia,” says Lisa Roberts, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association – Eastern North Carolina Chapter. “We appreciate everyone involved for raising critical funds for Alzheimer’s research and local support services.”

Wilmington Alzheimer's Disease Walk

McKee Homes was the top fundraising team at this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, raising $18,555. The other top fundraising teams include ONE Edward Jones – 208 ($10,115) and I Don’t Want to Forget! ($8,944).

On walk day, participants honored those affected by Alzheimer’s with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony — a mission-focused experience that signifies solidarity in the fight against the disease. The colors of the Promise Garden flowers represent people’s connection to Alzheimer’s — their personal reasons to end the disease.

Presented by McKee Homes, the day also featured fun, all-ages entertainment and family-friendly music. Gabe Ross, FOX Wilmington’s First Alert Weather Forecaster, emceed the event. Ross participates in memory of his father, who lived with Alzheimer’s.

Walk to End Alzheimer's Disease

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 North Carolina alone, there are 180,000 people living with the disease and 369,000 caregivers. New Hanover County has an Alzheimer’s prevalence rate of 11% in its age 65 and older population.

The Alzheimer’s Association is keeping up the momentum and continuing to raise critical funds and awareness with a goal to raise $165,000 by the end of the year.

Walk Day may have passed, but donations are still being accepted through December 31 at act.alz.org/wilmingtonnc.

Wrightsville Beach Walk Alzheimer's Disease

The Alzheimer’s Association Eastern North Carolina chapter provides patient and family services, information and referral, education and advocacy in 51 eastern North Carolina counties. It offers opportunities to get involved and to make a difference, in addition to a variety of services including: a 24/7 Helpline, support groups, educational programs and care consultations. For more information about Alzheimer’s disease, or the Alzheimer’s Association, Eastern North Carolina Chapter, visit alz.org/nc or call (800) 272-3900.

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