FALL RIVER, MA – Fall River residents participated in this year’s SouthCoast Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s rejoined in person this year, with the health and safety of participants, staff and volunteers remaining top priorities. Participants raised more than $67,000 to support the care, support, and research programs of the Alzheimer’s Association.
“We are so grateful to have had so many community members share in this special event and celebrate the efforts of our volunteers, sponsors, participants, and donors while honoring those we’ve lost to this devastating disease,” said Jim Wessler, CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter. “Alzheimer’s is not a disease that should isolate, it is one that we should embrace and battle as a community.”
More than 400 participants and over 50 teams participated in this year’s SouthCoast Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Bristol Community College. Participants are continuing to raise funds to reach the goal of $98,250 by December 31.
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 Massachusetts alone, there are more than 130,000 people living with the disease and 281,000 caregivers.