Harrisonburg’s annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s was held last Saturday, October 21st at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds. The 1.6-mile walk included participants of all ages, young and old, coming together on a beautiful Saturday morning to work toward a common goal: the end of Alzheimer’s Disease.
The Harrisonburg community, made up of teams from JMU as well as local senior living homes, raised over $135,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association.
JMU sorority, Sigma Kappa, was the top fundraising team for the Alzheimer’s Walk, fundraising over $54,000.
Local radio personality, Chris Carmichael from 104.3 KCY Country, kicked off the opening ceremony. Carmichael’s uncle was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s two years ago and he has seen the effects of the disease first-hand.
Currently, over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. It is the only disease that cannot be slowed, stopped or prevented, killing more than breast and prostate cancer combined.
Local Harrisonburg resident, Mary Kay Adams, was the top individual fundraiser for the Walk, raising over $5,000 in honor of her husband Gary, a retired Bridgewater College professor who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
Over 300 people came out to support the Alzheimer’s Association, all joining together in solidarity by holding up a pinwheel flower in the wind. Blue flowers were held by caregivers, orange for those who support the cause, and purple for those who have lost a loved one to Alzheimer’s.
If you’d like to support the Alzheimer’s Association, you can still donate to Harrisonburg’s Walk up until December 1st by clicking here.