New Bern Walks for Alzheimer’s Disease

Over 288 people turned out to walk for Alzheimer’s Saturday, April 26, 2014. The teams and supporters gathered at Union Point Park in New Bern, NC.

The Alzheimer’s Committee coordinated the walk with Alzheimers North Carolina, Inc. to help spread public awareness and funding for this disease.

January Brown was the emcee and shared the following information with the crowd: “Last year we had a group of people who were called Ann’s Fans and they came out and they walked and they are back and they are a strong group of people. You will notice them because they have a white shirt and it has a lovely picture of a wonderful person. They came back this year with $160”. Watch the video to hear what January had to say and find out the preliminary fundraising totals.

Mayor Dana Outlaw read the Alzheimer’s Proclamation, “Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that gradually destroys a person’s memory and the ability to learn, reason, make judgments, and carry out daily activities and whereas Alzheimer’s has a major impact on the loved ones who help care for an affected individual by placing physical, emotional, and financial stress on caregivers as they assume growing responsibilities that may include meeting physical needs, managing daily routines and making important medical and legal decisions”. “Alzheimer’s affects over 4.5 million Americans including the late President Ronald Regan. Over 150 thousands North Carolinians suffer from this disease and require 24 hour care”. “Alzheimer’s disease is the fourth most common cause of death in the United States for persons over 60 years.” – watch video for entire proclamation. Mayor Otlaw designated April 26 as Alzheimer’s Walk Day in New Bern.

Richard Hiatt, the Development Director for Alzheimer’s North Carolina, stated “Craven County is one of the strongest walks that we have”. “All of your monies and contributions remain in North Carolina for research, respite, caregiver conferences, and workshops. If we can be of any help, call Alzheimer’s NC and ask for Richard Hiatt”. – watch video to listen to Richard Hiatt.

If you’d like to learn more about Alzheimer’s Disease, please visit the Alzheimers North Carolina, Inc.

Special thanks to the Alzheimer’s North Carolina Inc., Alzheimer’s Committee, Alzheimer’s Walk Teams and all the sponsors who contributed to this event!

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