Midcoast Walk to End Alzheimer’s raises more than $17,000

Posted Oct. 17, 2011, at 4:49 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — On Sept. 24, more than 100 individuals from the midcoast area participated in the annual Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s hosted by the Knox Center for Long Term Care. Through the local walk, more than $17,000 was raised to fund Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Statewide, 13 walk sites raised more than $400,000.

“Because of the dedication and commitment of both walkers and volunteers, we had an exceptional day despite the inclement weather,” said Sara Hatfield, local walk committee site chairwoman. “We are also grateful to state Sen. Chris Rector who acted as honorary walk

chairman, helping bring increased recognition to this event and the cause. By working together as a community, we are supporting our friends and loved ones in their fight against the disease.”

“We’re thrilled to report that Midcoast residents raised a record amount of support this year, and joined in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease at the inaugural Midcoast Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” said Sarah Stepp, development director for the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine chapter. “Funds raised support the Alzheimer’s Association’s comprehensive program of services, and allow us to provide help and hope to Mainers affected by dementia.”

An estimated 5.4 million people now live with the disease in America. In Maine alone, there are 37,000. The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research programs. Held annually in hundreds of communities across the country, this inspiring event calls volunteers of all ages to become champions in the fight against Alzheimer’s. For more information about the Alzheimer’s Association, visit www.alz.org.

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