The Alzheimer’s Association announced that the Pennyrile Walk to End Alzheimer’s that took place in Hopkinsville raised $85,000 in support of the mission to find a cure.
According to a news release, over 400 participants gathered on September 29 at the Christian County Justice Center to raise money to help fund research, care and support programs. Memory Keepers was the top fundraising team at this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, raising more than $10,100.
Chapter Executive Director DeeAnna Esslinger says, “The generous donations allow us to continue the support of research for a cure as well as provide programs and services to families in our community and fund our 24-hour helpline. Every 65 seconds, another person in the United States develops the disease and every dollar counts for finding a cure.”
In Kentucky, there are more than 71,000 people living with the disease and 270,000 caregivers. In the United States, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth-leading cause of death and the only disease among the top 10 causes that cannot be cured.