More than 2,000 participants at the recent Walk to End Alzheimer’s raised more than $320,000 to fund dementia care, support and research programs.
These funds brought the total raised in October 2018 at three Walks — Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Rochester — to almost $475,000.
“Ultimately, the end of Alzheimer’s will come through research,” said Brian Norton, of Pittsford, a former caregiver and chairman of the volunteer planning committee. “The money we raised will help the Alzheimer’s Association fund some of the most promising dementia research studies.”
The event brought together individuals who live with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, their care partners and friends, and families that lost their loved ones to Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
“Alzheimer’s isn’t an old person’s disease,” said Megan Norton, a sophomore at Nazareth College who lost her mother, Amy, to younger-onset Alzheimer’s earlier this year. “I’m the next generation of kids to fight this disease.”
Megan Norton led a team of Nazareth students, Amy’s Army, at the walk. They sported T-shirts with a motto “Naz vs Alz.”
The Promise Garden ceremony recognized Paul Shipper, a supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association’s cause; Brian Norton, who lost his wife to Alzheimer’s; Kathleen O’Brien, a retired nurse practitioner who lives with dementia; and Rose Gulley, who is a care partner to her husband, who lives with Alzheimer’s.
Participants completed a 1- or a 3-mile walk, and learned about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment, and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association.
The Alzheimer’s Association Rochester and Finger Lakes Region serves a nine-county region: Chemung, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates counties. Call (800) 272-3900 or visit alz.org/rochesterny for information.