Alzheimer’s walk termed success

Coordinators of the inaugural Ridgecrest Walk to End Alzheimer’s reported final numbers for the Oct. 26 event — which drew nearly 250 participants and raised more than $35,000.

The event surpassed fund-raising goals set by local collaborators, and was the top per-capita event for the California Southland Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with the support we’ve received from this community,” said Roy Byers, event chair. “The event itself is an important way for individuals and families who are impacted by the disease to come together in a spirit of hope. Every dollar raised has an impact long after the last participant crosses the finish line.”

Major sponsors included Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, Gary Charlon State Farm Insurance, Jim Charlon Ford, High Desert Haven and Rotary Club of China Lake.

Money raised will support local care and support programs, as well as state- and nation-wide research on Alzheimer’s and dementia.

More than 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s, and it is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. More than 16 million family members and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s.

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Story First Published: 2019-12-20