More than 500 residents from Bartholomew and surrounding areas joined the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sunday. Participants raised nearly $107,000 to fund Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs, said organizers. They add that donations are still being collected.
“The community really came together this year, showing tremendous support for the cause,” said Lauren Lay, Alzheimer’s Association Development Specialist. “It was a beautiful day, and I was so happy that the community came together to remember those we’ve lost and support those living with this disease.”
Organizers say that participants were able to raise 22-percent more than last year’s walk, which raised $88,000. They say that the fundraising goal for this year’s walk was $92,000. Officials say that this money will help to fund caregiver support and Alzheimer’s disease research for Hoosiers affected by this disease.
The group “Grandpa’s Gang” was the top fundraising team at this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, raising more than $6,000.