PEORIA (WEEK) — A world without Alzheimer’s – that’s the goal for the Alzheimer’s Association and the reason why hundreds of people came out Saturday morning and laced up their shoes for the cause.
The annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s focuses on raising awareness and money for those living with the disease along with their family and medical providers who are also impacted.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization, specializing in reducing the risk of dementia by promoting brain health.
Here at home however, the Illinois chapter has been making successful strides since 1980 – raising thousands of dollars for research, created a community and unique space for those affected by the disease and influencing public policy.
“I walk because my Dad passed away in 2012 and that’s when I got involved.” Sharon Gilbert shared. Gilbert is a committee member for the association.
Meanwhile the organization’s Executive Director Patrick Reedy says while the walk is one of their larger events, there are so many families impacted and folks know they can get the support they need during the walk or after during some of their other outreach efforts.
“This is one of 25 walks that happen throughout the state here in September and October and we’re really pleased to be here in the community in Peoria today raising money and awards to fight Alzheimer’s disease.”
The Illinois chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association serves more than half a million residents in the state affected by the disease, including more than 220,000 Illinoisans living with it.