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November 2020 - Volume 17 - Issue 5
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Boca Raton Walk to End Alzheimer's raises more than $192,000 to combat disease

November 17 2020 - Nearly 700 Boca Raton residents helped lead the way to the first survivor of Alzheimer’s disease by participating in the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sunday, Nov. 15. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, participants walked as individuals and small groups on sidewalks, tracks and trails around Boca Raton, raising more than $192,000 to benefit the care, support and research programs of the Alzheimer’s Association.
 
 
“I am overwhelmed with the support the Boca Raton community has shown this year,” said Stefanie Mardar, director of the Boca Raton Walk to End Alzheimer’s. “We have proven that even during trying times we can still come together for a cause that is greater than us all. I am grateful for every person who participated and I look forward to the day we can celebrate our first survivor together.”
 
Although the format of the event was different from years past, traditional components of Walk to End Alzheimer’s were upheld, including an Opening Ceremony broadcast and a drive-through Promise Garden planted at Boca Raton Regional Hospital to honor the personal reasons participants walk.
“The Marcus Neuroscience Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital is proud to partner with the Alzheimer’s Association to create awareness about the need to provide care, support and research to end Alzheimer’s and other dementias,” said Patricio Espinosa, M.D., chief of neurology at the Marcus Neuroscience Institute. “We look forward to the day that we will have fields of white flowers in our Promise Garden for the survivors of this disease.”
 
More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, and that number is projected to increase to nearly 14 million by the year 2050. In Florida alone, there are more than 580,000 people currently battling the disease and an additional 1.1 million loved ones providing them with daily, unpaid care.
 
Walk to End Alzheimer’s participant Aaron Tell knows the challenges of dementia caregiving all too well, having witnessed his Aunt Freddi’s battle against Alzheimer’s disease firsthand.
 
“Watching my aunt slip away and having to place her in an assisted living home where she was confined to her bed without a voice, I was determined more than ever to do something and become an active participant in the fight against Alzheimer’s for her and those who may be affected in the future,” he said.
 
For years, Tell has been an annual participant of Walk to End Alzheimer’s, in which he has found not only an opportunity to honor his aunt’s memory but also a sense of belonging to a greater community.
 
“It’s a community that understands what you’re going through and what you’ve been through,” he said. “Everybody’s fundraising for the same reason, for the same cause, and that is a world without Alzheimer’s.” 
 
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Fundraising for this year’s event will continue through Dec. 31. To donate and join the fight for a cure, visit www.alz.org/walk. 
Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®
 
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s.  
 
 
 
Alzheimer’s Association®
The Alzheimer’s Association is a worldwide voluntary health organization dedicated to Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Its mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia – by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Visit alz.org or call (800) 272-3900. 
 
 
 
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