Lowcountry Residents and Supporters Raise Over $ 213,000 in Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease on Saturday in North Charleston

CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – Many Lowcountry residents gathered at Riverfront Park on Saturday morning for a walk to end Alzheimer’s disease, raising awareness and raising awareness of over $ 213,000 in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

The annual walk returned as an in-person event with an ongoing fundraising goal of $ 295,000 to support the Alzheimer’s Association research programs. The Alzheimer’s Association is collecting funds until December 1st.

“It’s just a really good day,” says Cheryl Woods-Flowers, volunteer associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Flowers says her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 69 and died just three years ago after a 16-year battle with the disease.

“The worst part is that my dad, like most people with Alzheimer’s, lose touch with who they are but they also don’t remember their family, my dad hasn’t even known us the last five. years of his life, that’s why I do what I do, ”adds Flowers.

According to association officials, more than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, which is one of the leading causes of death in the country. In addition, more than 11 million family and friends are caring for people with dementia and other types of dementia.

South Carolina has more than 95,000 Alzheimer’s disease patients and 199,000 caregivers.

“I am doing this because I want that one day there will be no one living with this disease, no family should go through what my family should. It is time for us to do all we can to overcome this disease; it’s a labor of love for me, ”says Flowers.

The walk also featured a Garden of Promise ceremony with flowers in different colors depending on a person’s connection to Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s patients, caregivers, families who have lost a loved one to Alzheimer’s disease are all marked with a color.

“The only color we don’t have is white and that’s because it represents someone who has actually beaten the disease and it never happened; our goal today and with all of our work is that someday someone will have this white flower, ”says Flowers.

Funds raised through the walk will help support local programs and services such as support groups, 24-hour helplines, training coins and research.

“Very happy to have raised over $ 200,000 to support the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association,” said Ashton Houghton, vice president of development for the Alzheimer’s Association, South Carolina chapter.

Participants could walk in person or donate their efforts virtually.

“We are really proud to be able to offer this year the opportunity for everyone to join us safely here at Riverfront Park, but we also have a ‘walk from home’ option for people who wish to join us from their homes. . This year.”

Funds to the Alzheimer’s Association through sponsorships and individual contributions from those involved in fundraising. Those interested in participating or anyone in need of support or resources can visit alz.org or call the 24 hour helpline at 1 (800) 272-3900.

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