Nearly 200 area residents participated in this year’s Utica/Rome Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, participants walked as individuals and small groups on sidewalks, tracks and trails across the Mohawk Valley, raising more than $37,500 to date for the care, support and research programs of the Alzheimer’s Association.
“We missed coming together with all of our friends and supporters from across the region this year,” said Catherine James, chief executive officer for the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter. “Knowing that our walkers still donned their purple and took to their sidewalks, streets and neighborhoods to fight for an end to Alzheimer’s speaks to their commitment and passion for our cause.”
Walkers took part in an online opening ceremony hosted by Beth Coombs from Lite 98.7 using a smartphone app to measure their progress on Walk day. After wrapping up their activity, walkers were able to visit a view-only Promise Garden at Sherrillbrook Park in New Hartford.
The 2020 Alzheimer’s Association, Walk to End Alzheimer’s—Utica/Rome, NY was sponsored by roi Office Interiors, Adirondack Bank, Bank of America and WKTV-TV.
Nancy Purcell of Caroga Lake was the top individual fundraiser at $5,210. Her team, Team Berta, was the top fundraising team at $8,145. Purcell and her family walk in memory of her mother, Roberta Lash, who died from Alzheimer’s disease. Donations for Walk to End Alzheimer’s can be submitted through Dec. 31.
More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease – the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. In New York alone, there are more than 410,000 people living with the disease and nearly 1.1 million caregivers.
On the net: alz.org/walk