Walk to End Alzheimer's fundraiser held in San Antonio
More than 3,500 people participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer's, which raised over $150,000 for the Alzheimer's Association.
Since 1989, the Alzheimer's Association has mobilized millions of Americans with its annual Walk. The Walk to End Alzheimer's is the nation's largest event to raise awareness for the disease and funds programs and services throughout Colorado offered at no charge to families. In addition the event funds research to find better treatments and eventually a cure.
This year there will be a Promise Garden of flowers carried by participants during the walk. Each color represents a different promise: Blue promises to honor someone with the disease, Purple promises to remember someone who has died, Yellow-is for those who promise to provide care and Orange is for those who promise to fight for the cause. These flowers will be available at no cost to individuals, Team Captains and team members who register. Team captains are dedicated volunteers who are organizing teams for fundraising. Team Captains often host creative fundraising activities like neighborhood parties where everyone is asked to make a donation. Other activities might include donating to a couple getting married instead of bringing gifts, bake sales, and car washes. Even a percentage of the proceeds from home sales of jewelry, clothing and kitchen items are fun ways to raise money and awareness for the Walk.
Unlike many non-profit fundraising walks, this Walk doesn't require a registration fee in exchange for a tee shirt. This is a pledge event at which every person who walks is asked to make a personal contribution and ask family, friends and co-workers to support them with a donation to the Alzheimer's Association. Once participants reach $100 in pledges they receive a shirt. Other incentive prizes are offered as fund raising levels increase.
About the Alzheimer's Association
The Alzheimer's Association is the premier source of information and support for people with Alzheimer's disease, their families and caregivers. Through its network of offices, the Alzheimer's Association offers education, counseling, support groups and a 24-hour Helpline at no cost to families. In addition, contributions help fund advancements in research to prevent, treat and eventually conquer this disease. The Alzheimer's Association advocates for those living with Alzheimer's and their families on related legislative issues, and with health and long-term care providers. For information call the Alzheimer's Association 24 Hour bilingual Helpline at 800-272-3900, or visit www.alz.org/co.