RUTLAND – More than 120 residents from Rutland and surrounding communities participated in this year’s Rutland Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Main Street Park. Participants raised more than $28,000 towards the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.
“We are so grateful to have had so many community members share in this special event and celebrate the efforts of our volunteers, sponsors, participants, and donors while honoring those we’ve lost to this devastating disease,” said Howard Goodrow, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association Vermont Chapter. “The Walk to End Alzheimer’s plays a critical role in helping advance research and enhancing care and support for individuals living with Alzheimer’s and their families.”
On Walk Day, participants honored those affected by Alzheimer’s with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony — a mission-focused experience that signifies our solidarity in the fight against the disease. The colors of the Promise Garden flowers represent people’s connection to Alzheimer’s — their personal reasons to end the disease. The association is keeping up the momentum and continuing to raise critical funds and awareness with the goal of reaching $48,500 by the end of the year. Although Walk Day has passed, individuals are encouraged to still register, walk in their own neighborhoods, and continue to fundraise. Donations are still being accepted through Dec. 31.
More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease — a leading cause of death in the United States. Additionally, more than 11 million family members and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In Vermont alone, there are more than 13,000 people living with the disease and 26,000 caregivers.