To The Herald-Whig:
On the first Thursday in September the fight against Alzheimer's disease was very much on display as the Alzheimer's Association held its 15th Annual Quincy Walk to End Alzheimer's at Clat Adams Park.
Despite 100 degree temperatures, over 600 people came out and together with over 50 corporate sponsors, raised a record $68,000 in the fight against Alzheimer's disease! Led by the show-stopping music of the Quincy Senior High School Marching Blue Devil Band and Color Guard, families, friends, businesses and civic organizations took to the pavement to help raise disease awareness and funds.
These funds will be used to provide support services to individuals in five counties in West-Central Illinois and their families living with the disease while also contributing to critically needed research.
September is World Alzheimer's Month, a time to recognize the everyday heroes who refuse to back down when facing Alzheimer's disease. At the Alzheimer's Association, we count the citizens of the Quincy region -- individual walkers, teams, volunteers and sponsors -- among those heroes. We need to continue to recruit more champions like you who are leading the way in advocating for the pursuit of better diagnosis, prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's disease.
Today there are more than 35 million people living with dementia worldwide. It's going to take all of us to end this disease, but together, we can move toward a world without Alzheimer's.
Thank you for joining us as we work to raise awareness and funds across the globe.