The Walk to END Alzheimer’s takes place in Edwardsville, Illinois, Saturday, Sept. 26 on the SIUE campus. The SIUE PRSSA Chapter is once again supporting the fight against Alzheimer’s disease through the efforts of its Purple PRoject team.
The theme for our Walk team this year is 10,000. Team members and donors are committed to taking 10,000 steps each day. This is not only a health benefit to each of us, but it also serves as a reminder that those living with Alzheimer’s disease, and their caregivers, are on a challenging path in life. One that is physically, emotionally and mentally exhausting.
We also want to raise awareness about the growing number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The number of Americans living with the disease is growing–fast. With someone in the United States developing Alzheimer’s every 67 seconds, there are 10,000 reasons why we want to end Alzheimer’s. As team members share their reasons, we hope to raise awareness about a disease that not only takes memories but lives too. In 2013, more than 84,000 Americans died from Alzheimer’s; my dad was one of them. That is one of the reasons I want to end Alzheimer’s.
To do that, we need to raise the money to fund the research that will eventually end this disease. Our team goal is $10,000. A dollar for every step we take. A dollar for every reason to end Alzheimer’s. By 2050, 16 million Americans will be living with Alzheimer’s disease. Lord willing, I may still be around in 2050 to enjoy my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, but will I know who they are? Until a cure is found, we are all at risk to have this disease rob us of our memories and our lives.
I am asking every family member, every friend, every co-worker to step up and support me in the fight. Please make a donation today. Just think, if everyone would donate $1, $10, $100 or $1,000…our $10,000 goal would be met…and maybe our goal of living in a world without Alzheimer’s disease would be in reach too. I need your support because…